PBL board to start examining future of Eastlawn

PAXTON — Two years from now, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district could be asking voters to approve a bond referendum that would fund the renovation or replacement of PBL Eastlawn School.

School board candidate cites construction knowledge, wants more trades training

CHAMPAIGN — For Carrie Busey Elementary father Chris Kloeppel, the future belongs to his two girls — Molly and Madison.

"They can't help build their own future right now," he said, "but I can."

Kloeppel, who works as a plumber and pipe fitter for United Association Local 149, hopes to bring his trade expertise to the Champaign Unit 4 school board in a few months.

Full transcript: Rauner's State of the State address

Today marks a new beginning for Illinois.

And a new partnership between the General Assembly and the governor.

Last November, voters made it clear they want bipartisan government. They want a government where people come together to solve problems and get things done.

Students win academic honors

EIU dean's list

The following students, listed by hometown, were named to the dean's list at Eastern Illinois University for the fall semester:

Alvin: Belinda M. Cohen, Emily A. Hufford.

Arcola: Michael I. Bradley, Breanne R. Pedigo, Matthew A. Thomas, Jaelen N. Myers.

EIU graduates

Eastern Illinois University has announced the list of graduates from the fall semester.

Arcola: Michael I. Bradley, Sergio A. Medina.

Arthur: Brian A. Holt.

Atwood: Shelby E. Helfrich.

Camargo: Lindsay B. Hudson.

Catlin: Jacqueline N. Anderson, Joseph E. Morger.

Cerro Gordo: Kelly A. Martina.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Cornbelt firefighter honored

Longtime Cornbelt firefighter Chuck Thompson was presented as Firefighter of the Year at Mahomet's annual Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Environmental Almanac: Quad materials: Don't take them for granite

Teachers and learners alike value opportunities for field observation. There's just something about seeing things in the wild that's hard to replicate in a classroom. Teaching Shakespeare? See a play. Teaching ornithology? Step outside.

Students treated to free showing of 'Selma'

CHAMPAIGN — It's not just the five points of extra credit or the free movie ticket that got Urbana High School freshman Cassidy Couture out of the house on a Saturday afternoon to see "Selma" with several of her classmates.

It's the connection she feels to Martin Luther King Jr. as well.

Group aims to keep bond issue request from passing

CHAMPAIGN — Strange as it might sound, a "no" vote against the Champaign school district's $144 million bond issue request is a vote in favor of Unit 4 students.

At least, that's the stance retired kindergarten teacher Prue Runkle and a vocal group of some 40 other community members have taken — and are hoping to spread between now and April 7, Election Day.

School activities being added in Villa Grove

VILLA GROVE — Several new student activities are moving forward for next school year.