Three in Illinois 130 crash were going to relatives' graves

CHARLESTON – Three of the four people killed in a head-on collision Saturday in northern Coles County were on their way to Dwight to decorate family members' graves.

Carol Hahn, 50, of Dwight said her older twin sisters and brother-in-law from Olney were going to meet with her and put flowers on the graves of their parents in Dwight. It would have been the first time for them since their mother died in February. Their father has been dead 18 years, Hahn said.

Life Remembered: Ex-UI dean, chancellor Cribbet a pioneer

URBANA – Area residents remember John Cribbet as an outstanding speaker, ground-breaking educational leader and a beloved teacher.

Cribbet, 91, former dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and former UI chancellor, died Saturday at Clark-Lindsey Village following a long illness.

Urbana set to unveil new school-zone signs Friday

URBANA – New signs announcing school zones throughout the city of Urbana have been installed and will be unveiled at a ceremony at Prairie Elementary School on Friday.

A release from the city public works department said the city received $85,000 from the Illinois Safe Routes to School Program, a federally funded program administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, to install the new school-zone signs.

DACC trustees to consider addition for nursing students

DANVILLE – When Danville Area Community College established its associate degree nursing program, it revamped a section of the Mary Miller Center for classrooms and a laboratory.

But as enrollment grew, the program outgrew its quarters. Now officials would like to build an expansion on the center's southwest side to give students and staff much-needed elbow room.

Architectural firm picked for Heritage school projects

HOMER – A new architectural firm is taking over the much-delayed gymnasium and cafeteria projects at each of the Heritage school district's two schools. Construction had been expected to begin last fall.

On Superintendent Andrew Larson's recommendation, the board voted unanimously Wednesday to fire architect Clinton McGlothlin for repeatedly missing deadlines. Larson said McGlothlin will receive no payment.

Resignation leaves principal opening at Dr. Howard School

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will be looking for a new principal for Dr. Howard Elementary School, for the third year in a row.

Principal Rosemary Platt has resigned, effective June 30, according to a news release from the district. Platt did not return calls seeking comment.

UI needs new leader to guide Global Campus project

As the University of Illinois' online Global Campus goes through major changes this summer, it's looking for a new leader.

Chet Gardner, who has acted as the assistant to the president and acting CEO of the initiative, plans to go back to faculty work in July, said UI spokesman Tom Hardy.

DACC center offering employment services to veterans

DANVILLE – It's hard enough trying to land a good job in a tough job market.

It can be even harder for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly those who have been injured.

Monticello school district's financial score up this year

MONTICELLO – School board members got a brief look at the district's financial situation this week.

The board heard both positive and negative news about the financial health on Wednesday.

UI Pollinatarium to host Eagle Scout induction ceremony

URBANA – The new University of Illinois Pollinatarium, a science center devoted to bees and other pollinators, will be closed for a special event Sunday.

The free museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., or by appointment. But this Sunday it will host an Eagle Scout induction ceremony for Alex Durack, who cleaned up the grounds for his scout project, said museum Director May Berenbaum, head of the UI Department of Entomology.