Just 1 Question: March 23, 2017

Forget professional photographers.

This year, it's up to Monticello students to fill the pages of their high school yearbook. All they need to get their favorite memories featured in the Class of 2017 book: a smartphone and a Snapchat account.

More kids can get Head Start thanks to move

URBANA — After a little rearranging and a couple fresh coats of paint, the Urbana Head Start program can now accept nearly double the amount of low-income children it was serving last year.

Solar panels at Waukegan schools generating energy

WAUKEGAN (AP) — Solar panels installed at seven Waukegan public schools are now generating power.

The Chicago Tribune reports ( ) the nearly 2,200 rooftop panels are up and running this week. Final touches are being made on monitors for each school's lobby showing how energy is generated.

Survey finds exchange students think U.S. high schools easier

WASHINGTON (AP) — Easier classes, less homework and lots of sports — this is how American high schools are viewed by students from other countries studying in the U.S.

Teacher of the Week: Andrea Byram

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

Monticello Spanish students trade stories with peers in Seville

MONTICELLO — It's unique in the digital age to see high school students excited about snail mail.

But when handwritten letters arrived from their pen pals, it was a like a party for Monticello High School's third-year Spanish students.

UPDATE: SJ-O evacuated due to gas smell

12:45 P.M. UPDATE

SJ-O students and staff are back in the building.

Ameren officials told the high school that they had numerous reports of gas smells in the St. Joseph area Tuesday morning and blamed it on a part that was removed from a gas plant east of town and then driven through the village.

UI at 150: Favorite Campustown delicacies

With the University of Illinois celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of graduates who've gone on to greatness. Every Tuesday throughout 2017, Managing Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 17: Campustown delicacies.

PODCAST: Dr. Sam Wheeler, curator of new Cubs/Cardinals exhibit at Lincoln Museum

PODCAST: Dr. Sam Wheeler, curator of new Cubs/Cardinals exhibit at Lincoln Museum: Play now!

Dr. Sam Wheeler of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield previews a new exhibit about the rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.


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Fighting back against bullying

Courtney Wendell's middle school son doesn't even recognize when he's being bullied anymore.

It's that common.

"It genuinely breaks my heart," she says.