Villa Grove district's payout to former superintendent: $335,000

VILLA GROVE — The Villa Grove school district will pay $335,000 to its former superintendent as part of a settlement of a wrongful-termination lawsuit.

The district released the six-page agreement Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Striking GEO workers set up 'occupation' at admin building

URBANA — Anthropology graduate student Natalye Tate pitched a tent just steps from University of Illinois President Tim Killeen's office in the Henry Administration Building late Tuesday afternoon.

Ditching Urbana High's deans would be bad idea, school board told

URBANA — Tuesday night's Urbana school board meeting was standing-room-only as members of the public and district employees came to discuss a controversial plan proposed by district officials earlier this week.

Teacher of the Week: Eleni Sofronis

Meet ELENI SOFRONIS, a veteran Latin teacher at St. Thomas More who moved to the United States from Greece in 1990. She's been teaching at the Champaign high school since opening day in 2000, but will retire at the end of this academic year. Here's more:

Annual 'Illini Success' survey shows job, salary prospects improving

URBANA — An improving economy appears to be translating into better career prospects and higher salaries for University of Illinois students, based on its third annual survey of graduates.

Youth Assessment Center to open April 1 on Round Barn Road

CHAMPAIGN — The county's Youth Assessment Center has found a new home that it plans to open next month.

It was announced in December that the center, which diverts youth from the criminal-justice system, would leave its current location at 402 N. Randolph St.

Protesters occupy UI president's office

URBANA — Striking University of Illinois graduate employees occupied the UI president's office on Tuesday afternoon, a day before the next negotiating session with the university.

Issues behind GEO strike take center stage at UI Senate meeting

URBANA — Professors and students expressed frustration Monday with University of Illinois administrators about their handling of negotiations with striking graduate employees.

Unit 4 using $9.6M federal grant to introduce magnet themes at 3 schools

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 plans to implement new educational themes in three of its schools by August, thanks to funding from a $9.6 million grant the U.S. Department of Education awarded the district.

Top of the Morning, March 6, 2018

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Hoopeston Area seniors DANIEL BASS and ARIEL REEVES, who have thoroughly enjoyed their time as Cornjerkers.

Bass, headed to Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., credits "all of the teachers. ... They all go out of their way to assure the student that someone cares about them."