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Roughly 200 teachers, as well as children and union supporters rallied outside the Champaign Unit 4 administration building on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

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Champaign Teachers Union Moves Closer To Strike

The Champaign Federation of Teachers filed a 10-day intent to strike notice Thursday, according to the union’s president, Jennifer White. The earliest teachers could strike would be the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Screenshot from "A Daughter's Journey" Documentary

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Finding Hope After Losing A Loved One To Suicide

When someone dies from suicide, it’s common for their loved ones to experience shame and isolation. That's according to Dennis Cockrum, a counselor at Parkland College in Champaign who is a survivor of suicide loss himself.

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

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Urbana Schools Administrator Charged With Felony Eavesdropping

The Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Instruction for Urbana School District 116, Samuel Byndom, has been charged with felony eavesdropping for allegedly trying to bug a closed door meeting of the Urbana Board of Education, the Champaign County State’s Attorney announced Thursday.

A view of the New East Ash Pond at the retired Vermilion Power Plant near Oakwood, Illinois

Photo by Dewberry & Davis, LLC obtained via Open Records request

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U.S. District Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Dynegy For Polluting The Middle Fork

A federal judge in Urbana has dismissed a lawsuit filed in May by the Prairie Rivers Network against Dynegy Midwest Generation. The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois said pollution of surface water through discharges in groundwater isn’t covered by the federal Clean Water Act.

The hill-and-tunnel and the log wall at the Friendship Grove Nature Playscape in Urbana.

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Urbana Park Project Honored With Governor’s Hometown Award

Urbana was one of 23 communities honored in Springfield Thursday with a Governor’s Hometown Award. The awards are given by the governor’s Serve Illinois Commission, for projects sponsored by local governments that had strong volunteer support, met a need and made an impact on the community.

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The 21st Show

A Thanksgiving Special: Cooking Tips and Tricks, Local Farm Products, And Family Food Traditions

On The 21st: Thanksgiving is officially a week away! On this special episode of The 21st, we speak with food writer Niki Davis about some of her favorite recipes and farmers throughout the state will tell us what they’re growing. Plus, we dive into some family traditions and memories that go far beyond the usual turkey and stuffing. 

Urbana Middle School

Urbana School District 116

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Audit Report Points To Problems In Urbana Schools Hiring Process

An audit requested by the Urbana District 116 Board of Education points to problems with the hiring process in a handful of hires made in the last year and a half, according to an audit report obtained by Illinois Public Media