UI's Chicago campus bothered by ouster from organization

As Big Ten expands, UIC loses its guest status in academic committee

When two University of Illinois campuses in Chicago merged to create the UI Chicago in 1982, the new entity was granted a special status within a Big Ten academic group.

Central jazz band one of 12 in country chosen for festival

CHAMPAIGN – If the young musicians were nervous, it didn't show.

The top jazz band at Central High School played for their guest, and then he took over as director, asking them to repeat the last several bars of their music several times before offering suggestions.

UI to receive part of $20 million grant for corn research

URBANA – The University of Illinois' Urbana campus will share in a $20 million USDA grant to study how to grow corn in a changing climate.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $20 million grant to nine Midwestern land-grant universities and two USDA Agricultural Research Service institutions.

Report cites gaps in children's education

Children’s advocates have focused for several years on early learning — preparing young children for kindergarten — but a new report says what comes next is just as crucial.

Transportation funding cut might be hurdle to school consolidation

No matter how much the state pays – or doesn't pay – for transportation, school districts still have to get kids to school and get them home.

If the General Assembly eventually approves Gov. Pat Quinn's budget proposal to cut $95 million from transportation funding, busing will become another unfunded, or under-funded, mandate.

School chiefs hope regional offices remain

DANVILLE – The idea of doing away with schools' regional offices of education leaves Vermilion County district superintendents baffled as to who will provide services for bus-driver training, area-wide schools for dropouts and truants and GED testing, some of their main services to local districts.

Urbana board wrestles with early childhood center decisions

URBANA – Plans to follow an aggressive schedule in designing and building a new early childhood center for the Urbana school district have hit a snag.

Bill calls for inspector general for state universities

SPRINGFIELD – There would be a special inspector general to investigate charges of fraud and mismanagement in Illinois' higher education system under a bill (SB131) approved 6-3 by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Items removed from Champaign schools' proposed cuts

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board took several options for cutting its budget for next year off the table.

In a straw poll at its Monday night meeting, board members agreed to remove from consideration suggestions to:

– Cut one maintenance worker.

– Cut one enrichment position.

Schlarman Academy officials give updates on plans for new school

DANVILLE – As information has trickled out over the past few months about merging Danville's two Catholic grade schools and Schlarman High School to form Schlarman Academy, Michele Craig has faced a number of emotions.

Craig has three students at St. Paul's Grade School and works in the Catholic school system as well.