New Garden Gateway at DACC pleasing to donor's eyes

DANVILLE – When Julius W. Hegeler II made a donation to the Danville Area Community College Foundation, he hoped officials would use it to enhance what he said is an already beautiful college campus.

He couldn't be more thrilled with what they came up with.

Longtime Unit 7 school board member resigns

TOLONO – A Unit 7 school board member has resigned, saying the school district has financial problems that are not being addressed.

Paul Lewis, a Sidney resident, resigned via e-mail on Aug. 19.

Senate to vote on whether UI chancellor and president should leave

URBANA — A University of Illinois panel is asking the UI Senate to vote on recommending both the president and chancellor should leave.

The executive committee of the University of Illinois senate unanimously passed on the statement to the full Senate after almost two hours in closed session Thursday.

Educators say Freshman House had positive impact in first year

DANVILLE – Danville school officials are giving high marks to the Freshman House program's freshman year.

On Wednesday, they reported seeing increases in the number of ninth-graders who earned sophomore status and the attendance rate, and a decrease in discipline problems.

13th Motor Muster to pay tribute to 16th president

Chris Payne owns a car of gold thanks to her tongue of gold.

Danville school launches New Tech High program

DANVILLE – On their first day of school, some Danville High School sophomores and juniors were presented with a task: Students must form a large circle on the school's practice field, clasp hands, then pass a hula hoop around the circle without breaking hands.

Cubs fans will tie the knot at Wrigley

If Wrigley Field really is a cathedral of baseball, as countless numbers of fans and writers have opined, than what better place for two enthusiastic Chicago Cubs fans to solemnize their marriage?

Jennifer Moran and Michael Blair became engaged in March 2008 but never got too enthusiastic about planning their wedding.

Commenters on consent decree settlement sought

URBANA – Anyone who wants to comment on the settlement terms of the Champaign school district's consent decree case at a fairness hearing must submit a summary of their comments by next week.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm officials unveil budget plan

GEORGETOWN – School officials unveiled a proposed $10.67 million spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year on Monday that may include up to $121,000 in deficit spending.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm Superintendent Greg Irwin projects that the district will generate about $10.55 million in the upcoming fiscal year – about 75 percent to 80 percent of which will come from the state.

DACC program offers at-risk students a 2nd chance

DANVILLE – Last year, Jacob Fulton didn't know whether he would graduate from Westville High School. After falling in with the wrong crowd, he started getting in trouble and falling behind in his classes.

"I wanted to graduate," said Fulton, 18, of Danville. "I just really got behind."