Getting Personal: Chester L. Alwes

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 69-year-old Mahomet resident Chester L. Alwes, the soon-to-be emeritus music director of the Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana (BACH) and a retired associate professor of music at the University of Illinois, chats with staff writer Melissa Merli. His final concert as conductor of BACH will be 'Music for Royalty' at 7:30 p.m.

UI trustees approve new hires, expenses, degrees

CHICAGO — In their first regular session since the state passed a budget, University of Illinois trustees signed off on more than 30 agenda items, including the hiring of staff, added expenses for capital projects and two new academic degrees.

PBL school board votes to expel two students over bomb threat

PAXTON — Two Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School students who made a bomb threat in May have been officially expelled for the first semester of the 2017-18 school year.

With four of seven members present, the school board voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Cliff McClure's written decision regarding the expulsion of the students, identified only as "Student A" and "Student B."

#TheMJs, July 14, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a glance at the best Twitter has to offer.

LIVE: UI trustees in Chicago

CHICAGO — The Board of Trustees approved over 30 agenda items on Thursday, including the establishment and elimination of academic programs, the appointment of Danita Young Brown as vice chancellor for student affairs, and budget increases for various construction projects.

The majority of the board approved each measure.

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Thanks to her horses, Molly Baldes might be the most popular draw at the University of Illinois.

"A lot of these kids, especially those from up north, lose their minds when they see a horse on campus," said the manager of the UI Horse Farm. "They all want to come up to it and pet it. There's always a crowd."

Leader of UI Institute of Government and Public Affairs stepping down

URBANA — Christopher Mooney will step down as director of the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs, a position he has held for four years.

In a letter to friends Wednesday, Mooney said he will return to a faculty role in the political-science department at UI-Springfield, effective Saturday. He plans to remain affiliated with the IGPA, just not lead it.

Urbana United World Colleges student: 'I feel like I live my dream life'

Seventeen-year-old Zina Dolan would describe her high school as the "world's best-kept secret."

The Urbana native attends the sole American campus of the United World Colleges, a school that promotes the International Baccalaureate at 17 campuses across the world. Because of a wealthy donor, Shelby Davis, American students who are accepted are guaranteed full scholarships.

Midwest Prep Academy filling Camp Rantoul's void

RANTOUL — Nearly 40 high school graduates from around the world are breathing some new life into the former Camp Rantoul, taking part in Marques Sullivan's Midwest Prep Academy.