Henricks keeps Cerro Gordo school board presidency

CERRO GORDO — Todd Henricks was re-elected president of the Cerro Gordo school board.

Barry Cripe will serve as vice president, a role that Todd Runyen had taken on for the last year. Runyen will instead be the new board treasurer, replacing the retiring Brenda Gaitros.

Ex-UI president to report on details of Carle-UI medical school

URBANA — When the University of Illinois decided in March to create the new Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, several important loose ends remained.

Among them: details of the new school's relationship with the much larger UI College of Medicine in Chicago, and the future of students at the existing regional medical campus in Urbana, a branch of the Chicago medical enterprise.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Celebrating a 50th anniversary

MONTICELLO — The Monticello Lions Club celebrated its 50th anniversary at a meeting and banquet at the Monticello Community Center. About 60 club members and guests took part.

Class of the Week, May 6, 2015

On Wednesdays, we'll give readers a sneak peek inside some dynamic classrooms in local school districts. Today:  Jefferson Middle School teacher Liz Martin's eighth-grade general music class.

Faces of '15: Travel changes life for Monticello native

FACES OF '15: Over the next two weeks, we'll introduce you to area natives who have achieved big things on their road to commencement.

MONTICELLO — At an age when most kids are learning how to add and subtract, Nathan Douglas was fascinated with maps.

Online MBA program approved

URBANA — A new online MBA option at the University of Illinois will soon be available for business students who can't quit their jobs or relocate to go back to school — at one-third the cost of conventional master of business administration programs.

Speaking engagement

The closest the First Family will come to its home state happens on June 9, when 1981 Whitney Young salutatorian Michelle Obama gives the keynote at Chicago's King High. But Springfield will be well-represented downstate, with two governors sharing the stage at Southern Illinois — Jim Edgar (this will be commencement speech No.

Faces of '15: Gifted Encourager

FACES OF '15: Over the next two weeks, we'll introduce you to area natives who have achieved big things on their road to commencement.

Growing up on the family pig farm in Gibson City, Anna Coates knows a thing or two about rolling up her sleeves and getting after it.

New Unit 4 board sworn in; Kloeppel elected president

CHAMPAIGN — The Unit 4 school board not only welcomed five new faces to its ranks on Monday evening, it also voted to shake up board leadership.

Savoy resident Chris Kloeppel was unanimously selected as the new president, replacing Laurie Bonnett, who served in that role for two years.

UI faculty wary of new background-check policy

URBANA — A policy set to take effect this summer requiring background checks for all new University of Illinois employees has prompted pushback from UI faculty.