'You can make it'

My daughter, who once had dreams of becoming a ballerina-princess/machine-maker, has a new career list.

After taking a “Career Cruising” survey at school, she was given 10 suggested occupations. They ranged from multimedia developer and website designer to elementary school teacher and corporate trainer.

Corporate trainer? And no science on the list?

Immigration ban: At UI, 'this we will not abide'

URBANA — As hundreds of campus protesters marched against the Trump administration's new travel ban Monday, University of Illinois officials said they've created a new working group on immigration to deal with fallout from the president's executive orders.

Immigration ban: Situation for some UI students 'very unstable'

Zahra Shamsi has a brother she hasn't seen in two-and-a-half years.

And Rezvan Shahoei hasn't been home since 2012.

It's not for lack of desire. These Iranian-born graduate students at the University of Illinois are on student visas that allowed them one entry into the United States. If they leave, they have to reapply for permission to enter.

UI at 150: A history of contentious protests

With the University of Illinois about to turn the big 1-5-0, we asked A-list alumni about the one Campustown spot that made the biggest impression on them. On Tuesdays throughout 2017, Managing Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales.

Vermilion districts holding meeting on proposed co-op high school

BISMARCK — On Wednesday voters in the Bismarck-Henning and Rossville-Alvin school districts can learn more about a proposed cooperative high school, which they will vote up or down in April.

An information meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Wilcox Gym at Bismarck-Henning High School, 17268 E 2750 North Road. It is open to the public.

Top of the Morning: Jan. 30, 2017

On Mondays, our award-winning photographers tell their stories. This week: Robin Scholz.

Being part of the baby boomer generation, writer Paul Wood and I thought we would be more of a hindrance than a help to the two UI science students we were paired with to complete the LabEscape, a UI Physics Department project featured in Sunday’s News-Gazette.

Getting Personal: Nathan Stephens

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, The News-Gazette's Paul Wood chats with Nathan Stephens, the new director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, coming to the University of Illinois from the Center for Inclusive Excellence at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Ask 'Mimi,' Jan. 29, 2017

What's going on with the Vault Arts Collective in Tuscola?

Well, there was bad news followed by potentially good news. Owner John McDevitt had said on Facebook that "after much consideration and a seismic shift in personal circumstances," he would close the Vault on Feb. 28.

Saving the world with science is a great escape

URBANA — Locked in a room full of gadgets, we need to save the world.

And we have an hour.

And we have to use science, which is no small trick for a journalist.

That's what separates the men — or women — from the boys — or girls — at LabEscape, a nonprofit escape room in Lincoln Square Mall's suite 115A.

Though not-for-profit, it's not for free.

After husband's death, wife steps in as teen's mentor

URBANA — After his mentor, Steve Shoemaker, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2015, Warren Montgomery went into denial.

The Urbana High School senior thought Mr. Shoemaker, whom he had known since he was in fourth grade, was so strong he'd pull through.