School board launches blog

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board just went digital.

Following through on some members' campaign promises to increase transparency with the community, the Unit 4 school board launched its first blog on Tuesday afternoon.

Teacher of the week: Brittany Taylor

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 ...

Tom Kacich: That empty feeling

Got a question for Tom? Ask it here

George Ackron was looking forward to returning to Champaign-Urbana next month for a family celebration of sorts, but it's probably not going to happen now.

Area history, Sept. 9, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Meg Makes: September is time to act against hunger

September is Hunger Action Month, and a cooking column seems like an excellent place to reiterate the importance of understanding and addressing food insecurity.

Wall full of racism on campus — for a reason

URBANA — Few are spared in the vocabulary of prejudice, judging by the writing on a temporary wall at the University of Illinois.

"Stupid hick." "Oreo." "Foreign."

Those were some of the least offensive scribblings Tuesday on a "Wall of Prejudice" built by a campus fraternity on the South Quad to raise awareness about the prejudice that people of all stripes encounter every day.

Top of the morning, Sept. 9, 2015

ANN WILDMAN swears most of her photos don't turn out so great.

"I'll take 300 at a game and half of them turn out bad and blurry," Wildman said.

But one from Saturday had a lot of people talking Tuesday: the young son of Sages coach Cully Welter — Trey — interacting with official Jason Foy before Monticello's game at Macomb (above).

Spotlight on Service, Sept. 8, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Tuscola Rotary

About the club

President: Lloyd A. Murphy

Origin: The club was founded in 1922.

Meets: Tuesdays at noon at Jarman Center Senior Living in Tuscola

On tap: Judge Frank Lincoln is presenting a program at the Tuesday luncheon meeting this week.

Just 1 question: How can farmers protect birds, insects

At today's Agriculture Field Day at PrairieErth Farm near Atlanta, Ill., Cassandra Wilcoxen will be comparing bird and pollinator density and diversity in three farm production systems (organic, conservation and conventional). Staff writer Paul Wood caught up with the University of Illinois grad student before her gig:

Inaugural antique show on Saturday

DANVILLE — It's getting harder to find primitive antiques dating to the 1800s, store owner Julie Schackmann said, but she's bringing those "hard finds" to a single location this weekend.