Portillo's to Chambana? Well...

OAK BROOK — When Portillo's, the iconic Chicago-area restaurant chain, announced earlier this year its plans to open its first central Illinois location in Normal, its CEO told our Tom Kacich that a Champaign location might not be far behind.

Selection of dean for Carle-UI med school moves closer

URBANA — Interim Provost Edward Feser said he's hopeful a new dean for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine can be announced by the end of the summer.

UI and Carle officials are finishing up reference checks and "will be negotiating with our top finalists very shortly," he said Monday.

Whistle blows for P.E. class

URBANA — After 30-plus years, the days of classroom teachers leading P.E. sessions in Urbana elementary schools may soon be a thing of the past.

Area Update: Transgender bias alleged in suit against Rent-A-Center

URBANA — The federal government is suing a Rantoul store for allegedly discriminating against a former worker due to her sexual orientation.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Urbana against Rent-A-Center, 1404 E. Grove Ave.

The suit alleges the former assistant manager of the store was fired because she is transgender.

Crews rehabbing Champaign sewer lines

CHAMPAIGN — The trucks and equipment of Peoria's Hoerr Construction are taking up space on city streets, working on a project to rehabilitate the sewer mains in town.

But unlike the old-school approach, this work comes with minimal inconvenience for residents and at a fraction of the cost to the city.

DACC trustees to vote on contract with new president

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday will vote on whether to approve a two-year contract for incoming President Stephen Nacco.

Hegeler to leave $3 million for center, $2 million for DACC facility

DANVILLE — In the last several years, Frank Brunacci has become good friends with Julius W. Hegeler II, and especially close with him the last two years.

Country club part of Jones' deal with UI

URBANA — The first two things Robert Jones packed the last time he made a big move? His golf clubs and his downhill skis.

The University of Illinois' new chancellor won't have much use for the latter here but golf is a go — and he'll have his choice of country clubs to play.

UPDATED: University of Illinois trustees OK Jones

1:13 P.M.

Trustee: Wilson not a candidate

University of Illinois trustee James Montgomery said from what he understands, Interim Chancellor Barb Wilson did not seek the full-time position.

'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.