UI's Urbana campus senate gives Discovery Partners Institute its blessing

URBANA — When grand plans for a new Chicago-based Discovery Partners Institute were announced in October 2017, it caught many University of Illinois faculty members off guard.

Top of the Morning, April 23, 2019

The kids from JENNIFER WHERLEY's agriculture class at Mahomet-Seymour High School were back in our building last week, producing radio commercials to spread the word about the school's one-of-a-kind Ag Supply store.

The ads will air Friday through May 3 on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5-FM. They're definitely worth a listen.

Area history, April 23, 2019

Today is Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, British Brigadier Gen. L.E.O. Charleston spoke to a capacity audience at the University of Illinois Auditorium.

In 1969, the Champaign County Board re-elected Wesley M. Schwengel as its chairman.

This day in history, April 23, 2019

Today is Tuesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2019. There are 252 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On April 23, 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 major league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (The Braves won, 7-5.)

On this date

Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared benefit cuts to the nation's signature retirement programs off limits and many Democratic presidential candidates are calling for expanding Medicare benefits rather than addressing the program's worsening finances.

High court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Warren unveils $640 billion plan to forgive college debt

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Elizabeth Warren is proposing the elimination of existing student loan debt for millions of Americans, part of a sweeping set of education funding proposals announced as she and other presidential candidates seek to differentiate themselves in a sprawling field.

Area history, April 22, 2019

Today is Monday, April 22, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, Royal Stipes defeated C.D. Brownell 572 to 345 in the election for president of the Champaign school board. Voters also approved a bond issue to pay for an addition to Dr. Howard School.

Weekend Box Office | 'La Llorona' conjures $26.5M over quiet Easter weekend

LOS ANGELES — "The Curse of La Llorona" brought good fortune at the box office.

The Warner Bros. horror film based on a Mexican legend about a woman who murdered her children and wanders the world looking for them brought in $26.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday, putting it in the top spot on its opening weekend — the last before "Avengers: Endgame" arrives to dominate.

Home-schooled team's creative engineering stands out

CHAMPAIGN — When you want to make things difficult, this is the perfect team.

In the whole country, no team could make a more complicated engine for performing a task that should be effortless, a concept created by the cartoonist Rube Goldberg.