Rantoul’s Debbra Sweat is nothing if not persistent. She said she has always stood up for what she believed in, has refused to back down and has defended herself and others who aren’t as strong-willed as her from attacks by individuals. When hearing a song by Tom Petty, “I Won’t Back Down,” …

JACKSON, Tenn. — Madison Grohler of Paxton was named to the Union University president’s list for the spring 2020 semester. The president’s list includes full-time students who achieve a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Nearly a quarter of the 114 active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County are in the village of Mahomet, according to new C-U Public Health District data.

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SPRINGFIELD — All of Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive orders since April 8 pertaining to the novel coronavirus pandemic are void because he exceeded his authority when he used his emergency powers for more than 30 days, a Clay County judge ruled Thursday.

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RANTOUL — While the multi-block Fourth of July parade area residents are accustomed to in Rantoul won’t be held this year due to the pandemic, people can still get a parade fix on Saturday.

ROYAL — The Prairieview-Ogden Board of Education accepted the resignation of Tim Harms during its June meeting.

THOMASBORO — Thomasboro Grade School students will start school about two weeks later than planned to give the district time to make COVID-19 related adjustments, but registration dates remain the same.

RANTOUL — Educators will be venturing into a new world this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, they don’t know what instruction will look like.

RANTOUL — In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois educators are “being told to prepare for everything but not finalize anything,” Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage told the school board.

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RANTOUL — Spread out. That’s been the mantra for social distancing during this year of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is also the philosophy for Freedom Friday activities in downtown Rantoul as the chamber of commerce-sponsored celebration will be spread out during the summer.

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RANTOUL — Getting to and from school is not always easy/safe for some students in Rantoul public schools. Recommendations from a Regional Planning Commission study would seek to rectify some of those issues.

FISHER — There was mutual admiration as Fisher Grade School Principal Jim Moxley attended his final school board meeting as he retires this month.

URBANA — An Urbana teenager who admitted his role in an attempted drug-related robbery in Rantoul has been sentenced to two years of probation.

RURAL PENFIELD — During the stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one place where area residents could get back to nature while state and local parks were closed was Middle Fork River Forest Preserve.