'I was not looking to go someplace else'

URBANA — Robert Jones wasn't looking for a new job when the University of Illinois — or its search firm — came calling.

Situation dismal, Parkland trustees are told

CHAMPAIGN — State funding is down, enrollment is dropping, next year's proposed budget is more than $4 million in the red and Parkland College's cash balance is half of what it was a year ago.

It was mostly grim news for Parkland trustees at their July meeting Wednesday night.

Danville backs expanding middle-school alternative program

DANVILLE — Some Danville schools students will report to class at the Boys and Girls Club of Danville this coming year.

School board members on Wednesday threw their support behind expanding the middle school alternative program and moving students to the youth organization's site, at 850 N. Griffin St.

'He used higher education as a springboard to his dreams'

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URBANA — Addressing a packed Illini Union Ballroom on Wednesday morning, Chancellor Robert Jones touched on his past and how it helped prepare him for the future.

Go figure, July 20, 2016

Go figure, Robert Jones-becomes-Illinois-chancellor edition


Praise rolls in for Jones' appointment

When Nick Anderson (left) suited up for the Flyin' Illini in the late '80s, the percentage of African-American students was roughly 4.8 perc

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

ISU chart-toppers

Illinois State University released its dean's list for the spring semester, including the following area students:

Arrowsmith — Barbara Maxwell

Atwood — Kaitlyn Wildman

Buckley — Melanie Foss

Cerro Gordo — Colton Blickensderfer, Stephen Hayes, Braden McCarty, Sean Reed

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

County champs

Urbana girls 10-U girls' summer softball league fielded a team which played in the Greater Champaign County girls' softball tournament on June 20-23 at St. Joseph.

Urbana defeated teams from Champaign and St. Joseph on the first day of action, and defeated Mahomet to take the title.

Area update: Piatt County clerk resigns 'with regret'

MONTICELLO — Colleen Kidd will end her 38-year run in county government — the last six as county clerk — at the end of this year.

"I have submitted my resignation to the county chairman effective Dec. 30, with regret," she said. "We have some health issues we need to deal with."

Students "now have a face that they can look to to say 'I belong here'"

CHAMPAIGN — Jerome Wells strolled through campus on a steamy Tuesday afternoon, wearing a smile as bright as the orange Illini T-shirt he was sporting.

At the mention of Robert Jones' name, that grin grew even wider.