Interim ACES dean takes post on for long haul

URBANA – The new dean of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences says the college's high-quality faculty and staff will help him guide it through a challenging budget environment.

Robert Hauser, an agricultural economist who has been interim dean for the past year, will assume the permanent job later this month.

Parents reviewing safety rules after Champaign incidents

CHAMPAIGN – When Dawn Daugherty learned that two girls from Kenwood Elementary School had been approached by strangers offering them a ride, she immediately quizzed her daughter about what she would do in a similar situation.

Hundreds gather in vigil for cheerleading coach who died

ST. JOSEPH – Larry and Jeanette Ford fought back tears as hundreds of area residents poured into the St. Joseph-Ogden High School gym Wednesday night.

More than 1,200 people gathered at the gym for a prayer vigil in honor of their daughter, Tammy Walsh, 36, of St. Joseph.

Interim ACES dean appointed to permanent post

URBANA — Robert Hauser, an agricultural economist who’s been interim dean of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for the past year, will assume the permanent job next month.

Urbana school board moves forward on several projects

URBANA – The Urbana school board approved financing several building projects this year, as well as a timeline for going forward with a decision on a new early childhood facility.

No agreement reached in Danville school negotiations

DANVILLE – Danville teachers and support staff could be a step closer to a strike after its union and Danville school board negotiation teams failed to reach a tentative agreement Tuesday evening.

The two sides met for a second time with a federal mediator, but talks broke down two hours into the session.

Danville school contract talks will resume Tuesday

DANVILLE – The two sides of a teachers' contract dispute in Danville will return to the bargaining table Tuesday in the hopes of heading off a strike.

Urbana school board again to discuss capital projects

URBANA – After twice deadlocking on how to proceed with work on various capital projects, the Urbana school board is hoping to come to a decision at a special meeting this coming week.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 N. Race St.

Urbana schools rehire dozens of staffers laid off in spring

When Kelsey Bridges left her third-grade classroom at Yankee Ridge Elementary School at the end of the school year last spring, she was pretty sure she wouldn't be back there this fall.

It was a hard way to end her first year of teaching.

"It was sad to say goodbye to my kids. It was sad to say goodbye to my co-workers," Bridges said.

Catlin student organizes election forum as service project

CATLIN – Will Nesbitt won't be old enough to vote in the November election, but that's not stopping him from getting involved.