Bears' Urlacher records media spots for Lincoln's Challenge

RANTOUL — Brian Urlacher admits he hadn't heard of Lincoln's Challenge Academy until recently. Now, however, the Pro Bowl Chicago Bears middle linebacker appears to be sold on its worth.

Urlacher was in Rantoul on Monday to record media spots to promote the academy.

Danville school board considers construction class

DANVILLE — Starting next school year, Danville High School will offer new courses that will give students a head-start on their career.

School board members on Wednesday will vote on whether to approve a curriculum for a new constructions trades class.


Champaign considers how many high schools would be best

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board's discussion of whether to replace Central High School with a new building focused Monday on whether one, two or three high schools would be best for the district.

The board considered the pros and cons of four options, including having one high school with grades 10 through 12 and a separate 9th-grade center.

2011 Carrie Busey Awards

Students celebrate the world of literature  with an Oscar-style awards program honoring fiction, non-fiction and poetry at Carrie Busey Elementary School in Champaign, Ill on Monday, May 23, 2011. 

DACC board considers bids for Mary Miller Center

DANVILLE — A $5.2 million project to expand and renovate Danville Area Community College's Mary Miller Center could kick into high gear this week.

DACC trustees on Tuesday will vote on whether to award construction bids for the first phase of the project.


UI student uses memory of summer job to devise solar-powered watering system

URBANA — During his high school days, Trey Ward had a summer job watering municipal flower beds in Hinsdale.

Three days a week, he traveled around town with a tank holding hundreds of gallons of water, making sure planters got their fill.

To Ward, it seemed "a huge waste of municipal funds."

Kid's Building Fair 2011


Kid's Building Fair at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

St. Thomas More High School Graduation 2011

Graduation festivities at St. Thomas More High School in Champaign on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

King students get look at new construction

URBANA — Students at King Elementary School got a look Friday at the new portion of the their school building, still a work in progress.

When they return to school in the fall, they'll see the completed project — a new gym, a multipurpose room, two new classrooms, a courtyard, a fine arts suite with rooms for music, art, drama and dance, and a new entrance.

Unit 7 board issues bonds for Unity renovation

TOLONO — The school board has voted to issue $3.5 million in bonds to pay for renovations at Unity High School.

It will take about four years to pay off the bonds. Bloomington-based First Midstate Inc. is the underwriter for the bonds, which are backed by revenue from the 1 percent sales tax increase passed in 2009.