Moving on by moving in

For each of 9,300 students moving into dorms on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus, the days are chaotic — but exciting, especially for the freshmen. Entering college is a rite of passage and, for many, a chance to explore the world on their own, with parental units miles or even continents away.

Wired In: Jesse Cornman

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet JESSE CORNMAN, senior robotics engineer Psyonic, a startup lauched in 2015 at EnterpriseWorks that's changing the way people with prosthetic limbs are navigating their way through life.

Wassaja Hall namesake's descendants welcome first residents at UI Move-In Day

CHAMPAIGN — Students moving into the newest University of Illinois residence hall, named after its first Native American graduate, got an extra surprise Thursday.

They were greeted by two descendants of the hall's namesake: Carlos Montezuma, a Native American originally named Wassaja who became a doctor and noted Indian-rights activist after earning his degree from the UI in 1884.

Allerton Park associate director promoted to head job

MONTICELLO — Derek Peterson, the associate director of Allerton Park and Retreat Center, has been bumped up to director, promising to continue the direction the facility has taken under Bruce Branham.

Branham, a UI crop sciences professor, has returned to full-time teaching and research at the University of Illinois, which owns the park, a gift from Robert Allerton in 1946.

On Central football team's bucket list: A field of its own

CHAMPAIGN — The old, black bucket is nothing fancy. But it means plenty to the Central football team.

Vibrant memories abound for Champaign High's Class of '67

CHAMPAIGN — "Bewitched" and "The Andy Griffith Show" were on TV, the Beatles released "Magical Mystery Tour," and it was graduation year for the old Champaign High School's Class of 1967.

Go figure, Aug. 24, 2017: UI move-in edition


Students already settled into their dorm rooms before today's big Move-In Day.

That population will more than double before the start of classes on Monday, with 5,312 still to come. Most freshmen move in today; returning students were encouraged to wait until Saturday to ease congestion.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 24-31, 2017


This weekend


Urbana superintendent tells school board S.B. 1 override vote is crucial

URBANA — Urbana's school superintendent says the outcome of the upcoming override vote on Gov. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1 will be crucial to the financial future of the district.

On Tuesday night, Don Owen told the Urbana school board that, for the first time in history, District 116 failed to receive two consecutive general aid payments from the state.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 23, 2017

Donated to Bottenfield Elementary School in 2016, a century-old, cast-iron school bell was put to use for the first time Monday.

MARY PORTER, whose family owned Champaign's one-room Porter Schoolhouse in the 1800s before it burned down, did the honors as part of the school's traditional flag ceremony.