Sarah "Sally" McFarland Carillon and Carillon Legacy Gardens dedication 2010

Guests of the  Sarah "Sally" McFarland Carillon and Carillon Legacy Gardens dedication gather at the site  on the south quad in Urbana, Ill on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. 

New dorm's namesake, Nugent 'never expected anything this wonderful'

CHAMPAIGN – Timothy Nugent was all about rolling back barriers in the 1940s, when conventional wisdom held that people with physical disabilities couldn't possibly live "normal" lives.

More than a half-century later, standing inside the new accessible University of Illinois residence hall named in his honor, Nugent marveled at how far the world has come.

Lakeview nursing students seek bone marrow donor registrants

DANVILLE – Lakeview College of Nursing students want to fire people up about saving lives through bone marrow donations.

Danville High hosts showcase on energy savings

DANVILLE – This year, Danville High School GLOBAL House students have been learning about renewable-energy sources with the help of a six-panel solar array that was installed on the school.

Prairieview-Ogden to seek proposals for turbine contract

ROYAL – The Prairieview-Ogden school board will solicit proposals for an energy performance contract for a 100-kilowatt wind turbine at Prairieview South Elementary School in Ogden.

The wind turbine would make the school building a self-sufficient electricity user.

Greenhouse to be finished in January at Unity High

TOLONO – A new greenhouse at Unity High School is expected to be done in January.

Unit 7 school board members Wednesday accepted a low bid of $133,248 from Danville's International Greenhouse Co. A total of 13 contractors picked up specifications for the 82-by-21 polycarbonate greenhouse, but only two firms submitted bids.

Heritage finishes survey that shows need for repairs

BROADLANDS – Heritage School district will be making some repairs.

Superintendent Allen Hall told the school board Wednesday that the district had recently completed its 10-year life safety survey.

"A lot of things need to be done," he said. "But sales tax money can be used."

Westville students make gains, but miss state standard

WESTVILLE – District students overall have made improvements academically over the past few years, school officials said Wednesday, but not enough to meet state goals.

Urbana senate staying out of Ayers controversy

URBANA – It's not the right time for the Urbana campus senate to debate on the decision by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees not to grant emeritus status to a Chicago campus professor, the Senate Executive Committee voted Thursday morning.

UI to work with third Chinese university

URBANA –The University of Illinois is about to sign a deal with a Chinese university to bring students, mostly in engineering and food sciences, to Urbana for a combination of late undergraduate education and master's degrees.

Zhejiang University and the UI are scheduled to sign the pact Oct. 25.