Villa Grove tentative school budget in the red

VILLA GROVE - The tentative 2011 budget for the Villa Grove school district shows a deficit, based on a conservative estimate of $5.5 million in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

The estimated expenditures for the same year are $5.9 million, creating a deficit of $421,000.

Heritage school district faces potential deficit budget

Broadlands – Heritage schools Superintendent Allen Hall said a projected $600,000 shortfall in the district's education fund means hard choices are coming.

He asked school board members Monday to reflect on just how much they would be willing to raise the tax levy this year if the state should fail to pay out those annual funds.

Commission to begin study of how to pay for higher education in Illinois

CHICAGO – A panel to study higher education finance in Illinois and recommend options for the General Assembly has its first meeting Tuesday.

Dozens express concerns at Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board meeting

GEORGETOWN – School officials heard concerns about some of their recent decisions on Monday.

About 50 people were in the audience at the Georgetown-Ricge Farm school board meeting – including district employees, parents and students.

DACC trustees to vote on raising fees for child development center

DANVILLE – Parents may have to dig a little deeper in their pockets to send their children to Danville Area Community College's Child Development Center this fall.

DACC trustees on Tuesday will vote on whether to increase the center's fees $5 to $10 a week over the current fees.

Around the Big Ten: Michigan State heads anti-malaria campaign

News from the home cities and states of the Big Ten universities:

MICHIGAN STATE: University heads $9.1million anti-malaria campaign in Malawi

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State University is leading a $9.1 million federal research project in Malawi to try to control and stop the spread of malaria.

Statue stolen from Champaign school is returned

CHAMPAIGN — Poor kid, stuck in the office at Edison Middle School.

And he’s not even the one who got in trouble.

Danville's Holy Family School begins final year before Catholic academy opens

DANVILLE – Though most students were still enjoying their summer break on Wednesday, fourth-grader Jonathan Gilbreath was back at Holy Family School.

UI students' design comes to life at Urbana library

URBANA – Every Wednesday this summer, a canopy has provided shade for the Urbana Free Library's weekly "Cherry Jam."

Designed by University of Illinois architecture students, the "community space" helps the library hold outdoor summer events, according to Deb Lissak, executive director of the library.

Theft of statue from Edison upsets principal, student's mom

CHAMPAIGN – Carmela David is not happy.

Neither is Mona Wright-Hyatt.

Less than two months after students at Edison Middle School raised money for a garden commemorating a popular teacher, one of the statues from the memorial has been stolen.