Unit 4 archers taking aim at IHSA acknowledgment

CHAMPAIGN — When Jefferson physical education teacher Lynn Srull started the middle school's archery program in 2012, 13 students were involved.

Today, at 104 strong, Jefferson boasts a powerhouse of a program that has won numerous state championships and national acclaim while participating in the National Archery in the Schools program.

Trump administration's actions have UI scientists wary

Gag orders, media blackouts, political reviews of scientific reports — those are fighting words to scientists.

News of a Trump administration clampdown on public communications at the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies this week raised alarm from scientists across the country, including at the University of Illinois.

Good news, bad news from Vermilion County teens

DANVILLE — Abuse of prescription, synthetic and performance-enhancing drugs, over-the-counter medicine and methamphetamine among Vermilion County teens has decreased in the last two years, according to a recent survey of area high school students.

Obama sought as speaker for UI commencement

URBANA — Throw a 150th birthday party and you probably want a special guest.

How about a popular former president?

Top of the Morning, Jan. 27, 2017

The Activities and Recreation Center on the University of Illinois campus will be hopping Saturday with some of the brightest young minds in the area.

Teams of kids ages 9 to 13 will be competing in the Illinois First Lego League's Central Championship Tournament. The event, open to the public, runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last year, more than 1,200 attended.

Just 1 Question: The importance of STEM

Students in the UI's mathematics department are hosting a math carnival Saturday for any area elementary- and middle-schoolers who are curious about the subject.

But they're extending a special invite to those who don't like math.

UI raises won't all be 2 percent

URBANA — The 2 percent mid-year raises announced at the University of Illinois in December are a bit more complicated than they first appeared.

As with other UI "salary programs," as the raises are known, the pay increases weren't awarded across the board. The 2 percent refers to the overall pool of money available for raises, and they're based on merit.

UI mass email reiterates support for undocumented students

The University of Illinois is reiterating its support for undocumented students amid fears that the Trump administration might roll back an Obama administration policy protecting those brought to the country illegally as children.

Facilities panel: Hire firm to help redesign Urbana middle, high campus

URBANA — The Urbana school board should hire a planning firm to re-evaluate the configuration of the high school and middle school campus.

That's the recommendation the district's facilities committee plans to give the school board this spring, regarding what to do with the district-owned land near the high school.

Teacher of the Week: Kathy Schuett

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