Danville students use sign language, songs to learn geometry

DANVILLE -- Some North Ridge Middle School eighth-graders remember singing "Three Blind Mice" and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" in preschool and kindergarten to learn language skills, numbers, colors and shapes.

Longtime secretary Thompson is leaving her post -- and a void at the UI

URBANA — Turnover has defined the last two years at the University of Illinois as the school replaced its top leadership after a politically charged admissions scandal.

But one constant — for the past two decades, in fact — has been a university officer who is little known outside campus.

Moves to reclassify 300 in Chicago add to worries

Moves to reclassify as many as 300 academic professionals at the Chicago campus have added to worries about proposed changes in classification from academic professional to civil service at the University of Illinois, says Rick Atterberry, chairman of the Council of Academic Professionals.

Champaign teacher to receive national honor

CHAMPAIGN -- A Champaign elementary school teacher is getting national recognition for her skill in teaching math.

House plan would make only minor cuts to higher ed

SPRINGFIELD -- A bipartisan budget plan for higher education, negotiated in the House, would make only nominal cuts to public higher education in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The proposal is expected to be voted on in the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee on Friday morning.

Grant at UI to help fund obesity fight

URBANA --The University of Illinois has received a five-year, $4.5 million grant to train future leaders in the war on childhood obesity.

UI scraps Urbana wind turbine in wake of costs, opposition

URBANA -- After more than seven years of wavering, University of Illinois officials have decided to kill a proposal to build a 400-foot wind turbine just south of the city limits.

UI president surprised by faculty confrontation

URBANA -- Faculty leaders surprised President Michael Hogan on Wednesday with assertions of low morale and lingering shame over an admissions scandal at the University of Illinois' flagship campus.

Senate Executive Committee Chairwoman Joyce Tolliver told Hogan that Urbana has a world-class set of scholars eager to engage with administration in shared governance.

Redistricting panel, consultant proposed for Urbana schools

URBANA -- The Urbana school district should form a committee of school and community members to do redistricting for its elementary schools, but it should hire an outside expert to help look at demographic and other data.