Speaker at UI's upcoming climate conference laments U.S. policy reversals

Like other climate scientists, John Holdren braced for major change when President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January.

But Holdren, President Barack Obama's chief science and technology adviser, didn't expect it to happen so fast.

Monsanto, area farmers fostering growth in science in Oakwood

OAKWOOD — The Oakwood school district will be able to enhance its science curriculum this year, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Monsanto — as well as area farmers.

Irish song, dance play key roles in Parkland Theatre's original musical

CHAMPAIGN — For having no background in theater, Kenny Chumbley — with the help of people who do — has put together an interesting cast and crew for his original musical, "The Green Children."

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Marcus Jackson/About Town: Sports aside, restaurateur lives on front lines

RANTOUL — Eight years ago, when he was selecting sport management as his major at the University of Illinois, Patrick Wampler figured by September 2017, he might be on the fast track to rising up the ranks in the front offices of the Chicago Bears or, better yet, his beloved Cubs.

"A coach or a general manager or something involving sports," Wampler said.

Danville school board votes to put food director on unpaid leave

DANVILLE — A Danville schools director has been removed from his job.

The school board on Wednesday night voted unanimously to put Greg Lazzell, the food-services director for the past six-plus years, on unpaid leave.

When asked why, board President Bill Dobbles and Superintendent Alicia Geddis declined to comment, saying it's a personnel matter.

CUTC's second Penguin Project: 'Mulan Jr.'

URBANA — The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's second Penguin Project — described as "social change disguised as theater" — will be "Disney's Mulan Jr.," to be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The performances will be at the Urbana High School Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St. Tickets range from $8 to $12.

Wife plants seeds to allow late husband's legacy to grow at Allerton

MONTICELLO — In the late '70s, Christie Roszkowski's husband, Mark, introduced her to Allerton Park. From then on, the couple spent a lot of time there, believing nature is good for the psyche.

In fact, Mr. Roszkowski became a Master Naturalist, aiming to do volunteer work on the trails at Allerton. A Master Gardener, his wife planned to volunteer in the gardens.

Captain Rat to perform at EIU's Family Weekend celebration

CHARLESTON — The Champaign-based band Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets will take its family-oriented show to the Doudna Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of Eastern Illinois University's Family Weekend celebration.

A well-known regional act, Captain Rat is known for its stage show featuring props, silly hats, zany antics and rock and roll.