Ex-M-S Junior High principal to return as district superintendent

MAHOMET — A former Mahomet-Seymour Junior High principal is returning to the community as the school district's next superintendent.

Lindsey Hall won't start until July 1, 2017 — when current Superintendent Rick Johnston's retirement takes effect — but Mahomet-Seymour trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to formally approve her hire, they said Thursday.

Oh, what a night

Parents of tired Cubs fans made no bones about absences at one Chicago school Thursday morning, with a list of excuses circulated on social media reading "Cubs," "Cubs win World Series" and "Cubs!!"

Even in Champaign-Urbana, 150 miles south of Wrigley Field, the baseball hangover was apparent.

Just 1 Question: Physical education at Thomas Paine Elementary

Now that the Urbana school board has signed off on putting physical education teachers in elementary schools, parents of Thomas Paine students want to help give them plenty of space to exercise.

UI part of 'Midwest I-Corps Node' launching in January

A faculty-student research team at the University of Illinois creates a startup company called Rithmio to improve missile guidance and satellite control systems.

But through a federal program that helps businesses bring research to market, engineering Professor Prashant Mehta and postdoctoral student Adam Tilton discover they'll have limited customers for that application.

Master trombonist paying visit to UI

URBANA — A master trombonist will be on the University of Illinois campus this week to give a lecture and master class — and to perform with the Marching Illini at Saturday's Illini football game.

Schlarman students get into character in mock presidential debate

DANVILLE — Less than a week before the presidential election, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Gary Johnson stopped by Schlarman Academy to debate issues such as the economy, Obamacare and immigration — and trade a few barbs along the way.

UI chancellor seeks review of diversity programs

URBANA — The University of Illinois spends millions each year on scholarships, recruitment efforts and other programs to diversify its faculty and student body and foster a welcoming climate for people of all backgrounds.

But is it money well spent? That's what Chancellor Robert Jones wants to know.

Urbana school board hears details of housing authority's attendance plan

URBANA — Urbana families wanting assistance from the Housing Authority of Champaign County may soon have to make sure their kids attend school regularly in order to qualify for services.

'She shared the joy of dancing'

CHAMPAIGN — As a high school student, Roberta "Bobbi" Asher remembers admiring older couples as they danced the fox trot and other steps.

She thought they looked fabulous and she wanted to learn how to dance like that.

So after entering the University of Illinois she was lucky enough to get into the popular ballroom dance classes taught by Aurora "Miss V" Villacorta.

Homecoming Q&A: Comeback Guest Michael Strautmanis

Each year, University of Illinois students pick the Comeback Guest — a prominent alum who returns to campus to interact with students.

This year, one graduate in particular was in each student ambassador's top five — Michael Strautmanis.