Suspended RTHS superintendent retrieves belongings from office

RANTOUL – Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Janet Koroscik picked up personal belongings from her office Friday, but isn't going anywhere yet.

The personal belongings consisted of daily medication and plants from her mother's Jan. 10 funeral that needed daily care.

State law could cost UI millions in research funding

URBANA – The University of Illinois could lose millions of dollars in federal grant money for a single researcher because a California company is balking at the paperwork and guarantees required by a state law designed to fight corruption.

Tribute planned for Champaign music teacher

CHAMPAIGN – Bob Smith has introduced many young children to music and the performing arts.

Negotiations continue on bus service for Danville schools

DANVILLE – Bus service for Danville public schools students will continue as usual this week as the two sides of a bus drivers' contract dispute continue to work toward a settlement.

UI president talks with students about tuition, faculty raises

URBANA – President Michael Hogan on Wednesday challenged University of Illinois students to help him find ways to keep tuition low without further hurting faculty who are vital to the value of their degree.

Danville schools to seek architect proposals for South View

DANVILLE – The Danville school district is a step closer to renovating one of its most problematic schools.

Board members on Wednesday approved seeking fee proposals for architectural services for work at South View Middle School.

Groups take aim at disparities facing African-Americans

URBANA – A little less than a quarter of Champaign County children – about 22 percent – are African-American. Yet that ethnic group accounts for 63 percent of out-of-school suspensions in Urbana, 60 percent of child-welfare cases, 81 percent of discipline referrals in Champaign schools, and 82 percent of admissions to the county's juvenile detention center.

Grant to finance ethics resource center

URBANA – The University of Illinois will lead a major ethics initiative after earning a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

DACC to begin expansion at Mary Miller Center in the spring

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials announced this week that construction on a much-needed expansion at the Mary Miller Center finally could begin in the spring.

UI among schools getting $1.5 million for green guidelines

A $1.5 million grant awarded to the University of Illinois and several other universities will help researchers evaluate garden pots and new environmentally friendly options.

Researchers from the universities ultimately will establish guidelines for the green industry, which includes growers, greenhouses, garden centers and similar businesses.