Marcus Jackson/About Town: It's been a lifelong UI thing

CHAMPAIGN — One of Lee Zerrusen's first memories is watching his dad, Dan, go nuts in their Teutopolis home when Andy Kaufmann drilled a desperation buzzer-beating shot to stun Iowa in 1993.

"My dad jumped up and knocked out the ceiling," recalled Zerrusen, who wasn't even 5 at the time. "From that young age, all things Fighting Illini have just been ingrained in me."

Diverse display at Parkland's 'Around the Block II' exhibit

CHAMPAIGN — Of the 70 or so works in "Around the Block II: Artists from Our Neighborhood," one is sure to be a conversation piece.

Parkland trustees OK in-district rates for all aviation students in state

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College trustees Wednesday night approved offering in-district tuition rates to all Illinois students enrolled in the college's aviation degree program.

Danville district's updated dress code still bans jeans, most hoodies

DANVILLE — Blue jeans and hooded sweatshirts will continue to be banned from Danville public schools, even at the elementary level.

On Wednesday, the Danville school board voted 6-1 to approve changes to the district's "uniform standard of dress," with a couple of last-minute modifications recommended by building principals and other administrators.

Danville school board set to vote on dress-code update

DANVILLE — Tamika Sandifer said she actually likes the Danville schools' "uniform standard of dress," and she had no problem finding affordable polo shirts and khaki pants and shorts for her young son.

"I bought a lot of his clothes online," said the Danville woman, whose son will be a first-grader at Edison Elementary.

Urbana school district makes 9 admin appointments

URBANA — The Urbana school district has made nine administrative appointments for the coming school year.

— Dr. Joseph Wiemelt will become the district's new director of equity and secondary bilingual programs on July 1.

He is currently director of equity and student learning. From 2012 to 2013, he served as the interim principal at Urbana High School.

Urbana schools veteran now interim director of Adult Education Center

URBANA — Human-services veteran Arlene Anderson has been chosen to be the new interim director of the Urbana Adult Education Center, according to Superintendent Don Owens.

The school board approved her appointment Tuesday night; she will start in her new position July 1.

Part 33: 'We're lawyers for you, Illinois'

With the UI celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of graduates who have gone on to greatness. Every Tuesday throughout 2017, Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 33: the singing judge.

UI law professor breaks down Supreme Court's decisive day

The Supreme Court made one big headline after another Monday, with decisions related to 9/11, gerrymandering, trademark protection and more.

We asked UI College of Law Professor JASON MAZZONE for his three takeaways from the day.

Rosemary Laughlin/review: CUTC's 'Hairspray' remains a winner


In 2007, John Travolta endured fat pads and heavy makeup to play and dance the role of mom Edna Turnblad in a film version of "Hairspray." He praised this "very light-hearted, deeply entertaining, feel-good musical that you'll be able to watch many, many times."