"One of the duties of my office is to oversee Parkland’s commencement ceremony. Getting to feel the energy, excitement and life-changing impact in the Great Hall at Krannert gives me chills every time."

Headlining Friday's Women's History Month special section: our conversation with Carol Ammons, Elizabeth Angelo, Shelia Boozer, Nikki Budzinski, Alice Cary, Deb Feinen, Rita Garman, Sue Grey, Jennifer Ivory-Tatum, Jacqueline Lacy, Diane Marlin, Dr. Candace McGregor, Dana Rhoades and Sarah Sandquist.

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"Al Froman, the former Arthur superintendent, made a statement that it was a school’s job to produce successful taxpayers. I agree 100 percent with that. On graduation night, we send future taxpayers to college, trade school, the armed forces and work."

Our story on the boys’ basketball team from East St. Louis helping out at a Champaign restaurant last weekend didn’t surprise Urbana High track coach Forrest Farokhi one bit.

Gardeners looking to plant new trees or shrubs during this ideal time in fall often face a number of choices when shopping around for materials.

Thanks to Hannah Copeland, Cerro Gordo joined our High School Confidential lineup this school year. It’s been beneficial to both parties.

Welcome to Year 7 of High School Confidential, powered by Danville Area Community College. It's an award-winning project made possible by aspiring student journalists from every corner of our circulation area.

Our talented High School Confidential correspondent from St. Thomas More is going to take over The News-Gazette's Snapchat at the IHSA finals. 

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from University of Illinois and earning Master’s degrees in Plant Biology and Science Education, Alex Riley took his first job as a science teacher at Urbana High School this year.