Area update: Medical marijuana dispensary holds education event

CHAMPAIGN — Phoenix Botanical, the new medical marijuana dispensary in Champaign, will hold a community education event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Champaign Public Library.

District faces costly health/life safety tab

CHAMPAIGN — Regardless of whether a referendum for Champaign school construction projects passes within the next year, the district will still have to fund $6.8 million worth of health/life safety projects at the schools in greatest need by 2019.

Centennial players get to walk after all

CHAMPAIGN — Even though his baseball-playing son was scheduled to miss Centennial High's graduation ceremony Wednesday night, Tim Smith had Luke Smith attend rehearsal earlier in the day.

"Just in case the game got rained out," Tim Smith said.

Just 1 question: Why see 'Chicago'?

CHAMPAIGN — School may be out for summer, but that doesn't mean the show is over for Central High School's drama department.

'You can't cover more with less'

URBANA — It could be a long, difficult summer at the University of Illinois unless state lawmakers find some way to resolve the state budget impasse.

Legislative winners and losers

A few silver linings amid clouds of legislative session

We asked resident political insider Tom Kacich to break down who came out on top — and who didn't — from the spring legislative session:


Taxpayers — for now only. No tax increase (yet) and no budget (yet). But both are coming.

'All options are on the table'

URBANA — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen is warning that layoffs, program cuts and other drastic measures are on the table because of the state's failure to approve a budget Tuesday.

The General Assembly Tuesday adjourned for the second straight year without reaching a budget agreement with the governor.

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

State champs

Capria Brown and Chian Scott scored a combined 50 points to lead Schlarman Academy to the Class 8A state championship at the IESA state track and field meet on May-13-14 in East Peoria.

Sectional results for Brown and Scott were as follows:

Area update: Library board interviewing candidates

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Public Library officials will meet this week to interview semi-finalists for the open director position.

Today and Thursday, the library board will meet in closed session, interviewing applicants and determining which finalists to bring in for a two-day process on June 13 and 14.

Faces of '16: Asia Brown

CHAMPAIGN — When all of her eighth-grade classmates were learning about math, science, English and history, Asia Brown was in a Memphis hospital room, fearful that she might not make it to the next day.

Brown was undergoing a bone-marrow transplant and rounds of chemotherapy while fighting a rare disorder known as aplastic anemia, in which the body stops producing new blood cells.