Advocates optimistic despite UI's 'sanctuary' rejection

URBANA — Disappointed? Definitely.

Surprised? Not so much.

That was the view from University of Illinois staff members hopeful that the campus would be declared a "sanctuary" for undocumented students, following Tuesday's announcement that it wouldn't.

UI to honor raises it promised to comply with OT rules

URBANA — The University of Illinois has decided to honor raises it promised to more than 600 employees to comply with new federal overtime rules, even though a judge has put those rules on hold.

But another 677 workers who were to become eligible for overtime pay under the new Labor Department regulations won't be getting it, at least for now.

UI Senate passes resolution seeking to end campus aggression

URBANA — The campus senate approved a wide-ranging measure Monday calling on University of Illinois leaders to reaffirm their commitment to a campus climate "free from hostility, aggression and acts of hate," with clear sanctions for such incidents.

Fired up for change

A good idea that actually took root several years ago at Garden Hills Elementary School continues to thrive.

I wrote two weeks ago about a “Gentleman’s Club” at the school intended to teach boys about manners, responsibility and giving back to the community.

UI professor upset by police visit to his classroom

URBANA — A hunt for a stolen cellphone at the University of Illinois has triggered a debate about when campus police can enter a classroom.

The Oct. 10 incident has been magnified by tensions over police treatment of minorities across the country as well as racial incidents reported during the presidential campaign and its aftermath.

Next step for Cannon Elementary: Disposing of its contents

DANVILLE — It's been nearly a year since Cannon Elementary School suffered severe flooding, which led to the closing of the 92-year-old building.

Now officials are seeking quotes for the removal and disposal of Cannon's contents.

"We would like to address that as soon as possible," said Skip Truex, the buildings and grounds director.

Life Remembered: Longtime academic 'always faced his fears'

URBANA — He was so lively, positive and proactive with his health, those who knew Paul Magelli Sr. well figured he'd be around forever.

"He's one of those guys you just thought was going to live to be 100 years old," said Jeff Brown, a dean at the University of Illinois' College of Business.

Coming Attractions: Future Central has plenty of choices to make

Glass walls. Mobile furniture. Natural lighting, and plenty of it.

The 21st-century high school, like the one taxpayers gave Unit 4 permission to build for $87.1 million, looks nothing like the one currently at 610 W. University Ave.

Out: dimly-lit, lecture-style classrooms with white boards, textbooks and desks in a row.

Getting Personal: Amanda McGrory

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 30-year-old Savoy resident Amanda McGrory, a professional athlete and a graduate student, teaching assistant and research assistant at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

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Fate of UI employees' possible mid-year raises undecided

URBANA — University of Illinois employees will get a few extra days off over the holidays, but there's still no decision on possible mid-year raises, a spokesman said Friday.