Weekly RoundUp: Halloween

Despite the less-than-ideal weather, kids will dress in creative costumes and ring doorbells throughout central Illinois tonight for “just one more” piece of candy. You can find information about Halloween trick-or-treating times in the Champaign-Urbana metro area at Chambanamoms.com. If you prefer ghost stories and cowering under the covers to snacking on Milky Way bars and Toostie Pops, check out the links below:

Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges in Illinois – Mysterious Heartland

“As one of the oldest public universities in the state of Illinois, the campus hosts a number of ghost stories. The English Building is purportedly haunted by the ghost of a student who either drowned or committed suicide there in the early 1900s during the time when the building served as a female dormitory.”

Urban Legends at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – ©2005 Annette Lesak

“The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, (UIUC) founded in 1867, has a rich history of story. There are some very recognized and known tales of the campus, and others that are lesser known.

Weekly RoundUp: 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech. To commemorate the event, tens of thousands of people have returned to the National Mall this week, remembering this pivotal point in history and refocusing efforts on the future. According to The Huffington Post, Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, told a crowd that if not for the march 50 years ago, he would not be in office, nor would Barack Obama be president. “They marched in spite of animosity, oppression and brutality because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept,” Holder said. The article also quoted Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil rights leader, at a weekend rally.

Weekly RoundUp: Back to School

Whether you walk your child to school or wave to him through the bus window, you’re in good company. Parents across the country are frantically buying that last wide-ruled notebook and package of glue sticks and sending their kids back to school. 

We’ve shared articles highlighting several different aspects of heading back to school. Read this week’s roundup for news about school safety, student hunger and tips on starting off the year on the right foot.  

Students headed back to school this week – The News-Gazette

“This week marks the start of school for many local students, which has local police reminding motorists to watch out for students and mind local school zones.”


More Than Half Of Teachers Report Buying Hungry Students Food With Their Own Money – The Huffington Post

“We often hear about U.S. teachers being paid poorly for all the work they do to educate children. But did you know that 63 percent of teachers report buying food for the classroom each month with their own money?

Weekly RoundUp: Affordable Care Act

As Illinois prepares for implementation of the new Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, questions, criticism and confusion abound. Governor Quinn’s administration created Healthcare Reform in Illinois – What it Means for You, stating that the “signing of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides Illinois with an opportunity to advance reforms that will ensure that we have a more efficient and cost-effective health care system.”

According to the Illinois.gov site, by 2014 nearly one million Illinoisans will become eligible for new health care coverage. But critics say the new healthcare reform law has its share of challenges. Read a weekly roundup of recent articles about the Affordable Care Act and how it might affect you.  

Clearing Up Confusion About Health Reform’s Out-of-Pocket Protections – Illinois Health Matters

“Recent media coverage may have sown confusion about health reform’s requirement that health insurance plans cap how much consumers can pay out-of-pocket each year for medical care.