No regrets about Carle deal

URBANA — Urbana school Superintendent Don Owen said he doesn't regret the legal settlement that will require the school district to continue refunding money to the Carle health system through 2018.

State budget picture makes UI's tuition decision murky

URBANA — University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen still says he wants to "hold the line" on tuition growth in 2016, but he's not saying yet what kind of tuition increase, if any, he will recommend later this month.

UI background-check policy clears external legal review

URBANA — A law firm hired by the University of Illinois to review its controversial criminal background checks policy concluded that it complies with federal equal-opportunity hiring guidelines, UI administrators said Thursday.

Just 1 question: What do you want to do better this year?

Less than one week into 2016, New Year's resolutions are being put to the test.

Some area colleges not covering MAP grant cost for spring semester

As students prepare to head back to classes at area universities and colleges this month, the lack of a state budget could be directly impacting some students' decisions on whether to attend school this upcoming semester.

Teacher of the week: Rachel Webber

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek. This week...

Registration open for annual literary festival on EIU campus

CHARLESTON — Registration is open now for Lions in Winter, an annual literary festival taking place later this month on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

The festival Jan. 29 and 30 will feature readings by visiting authors, talks about the craft of writing, an editors' panel, a book fair and other activities.

Area update: Iroquois official hopes disaster funds can be used for prevention

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson hopes to use federal disaster funds that might come Iroquois County's way to do something — anything — to create a longterm solution to address the county's flooding woes.

"This is the new norm, having two or three floods a year," he said.

Building democracy

CHAMPAIGN — On a recent trip to Africa, more than 7,000 miles from Champaign-Urbana, Imani Bazzell saw an image that reminded her of home.

A group of young women had their heads down, their attention buried in their computer pads and smartphones.

Stairway to Edison

CHAMPAIGN — One of Unit 4's century-plus-old buildings got a bit of a face lift a day before students come back from break.

The large concrete steps located at Edison Middle School's main entrance, facing Green Street, were taken apart Monday for a foundation realignment.