Champaign superintendent says next year’s school assignments still undecided

CHAMPAIGN — In December, the Unit 4 school board plans to vote on a new way to assign students to Champaign elementary schools. The Champaign Unit 4 School District began its school choice system in 1998 to help desegregate Champaign schools. Allowing families to rank choices for their preferred school hasn’t solved the issue of […]

217 Today: Because of low wages, some SNAP-Ed workers require those programs themselves

Monday, October 3, 2022 Today’s headlines: The Old State Capitol in Springfield is now part of the National Underground Railroad Network of Freedom, which recognizes sites as “significant” to helping African Americans escape slavery. Uniting Pride held its annual pride parade and vendors fair this past weekend in downtown Urbana. In a few months, the […]

SNAP-Ed pays workers so little that some qualify for food benefits themselves

CHAMPAIGN — Del Jacobs likes almost everything about her job. As a SNAP-Ed community worker in Illinois, she likes getting to know the regulars at local food pantries and teaching them about healthy eating on a budget. She likes working with children, especially since she doesn’t have any kids of her own. What she doesn’t […]