Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti talks to Urbana Park District Executive Director Tim Bartlett during a stop at the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center on Tuesday
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February 21, 2017

Sanguinetti Lauds Urbana Schools, Park District Cooperation

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is hailing cooperation between the Urbana Park District and the Urbana School District as an example for the rest of the state. She spoke Tuesday at the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, a facility owned by the school district  and managed by the park district.


Dr. Susan Zola, who was announced as Champaign Unit 4 Schools next superintendent Wednesday.
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February 15, 2017

Unit 4 Hires Susan Zola As Next Superintendent

Champaign Unit 4 has promoted from within for its next superintendent. The school board announced Wednesday night that Susan Zola, currently serving as the District's Assistant Superintendent for Achievement, Curriculum, and Instruction at the District's 12 elementary schools will take over for the retiring Judy Wiegand on July 1. Zola was chosen from three candidates after a national search was conducted.


Logo of the Illinois Policy Institute.
(Illinois Policy Insitute)
February 13, 2017

School Administrators Seem Wary Of No-Tax-Hike Budget Proposal

A state budget without a state income tax hike is possible, says the Illinois Policy Institute. The conservative think-tank has released its own budget plan, which balances the budget, in part, by cutting off state subsidies for school districts and other local governments. But it’s not a plan that school administrators seem to appreciate.


The Champaign-Urbana Film Society is accepting entries for this year's Pens to Lens student screenwriting and filmmaking competition.
Pens to Lens
February 07, 2017

‘Pens To Lens’ Accepting 2017 Entries

The Pens to Lens student screenwriting competition is now in its fifth year.  The project of the Champaign-Urbana Film Society is accepting screenwriting submissions from K-12 students in east central Illinois now through February 28th.


Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed as U-S Education Secretary by the Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 7th.
Carolyn Kester / AP
February 07, 2017

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary

The U-S Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump's education secretary, 51-50. Vice President Pence had to cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, after hearings that became fodder for Saturday Night Live; after angry constituents swamped Senate offices with 1.5 million calls a day; after two Republican senators defected; and Democrats held the floor overnight in protest.


This still image taken from United States Courts shows Judge James Robart listening to a case at Seattle Courthouse on March 12, 2013 in Seattle. Robart placed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump's executive order, banning travel to the
United States Courts via AP
February 06, 2017

Immigration Ban Blocked; Central Illinois Trump Supporter; Illinois Politics; ISU President

On the 21st: We talked with a Chicago-based immigration lawyer about what the halt to President Trump's immigration ban means for people trying to get into Illinois. Plus, we talked with a Stonington resident about getting to meet President Trump in person, get the latest in Illinois politics and spoke with the president of Illinois State University about how they've been faring throughout the budget stalemate.


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