By now, the chill of winter is starting to wear down even those who love the season – even with milder temps in recent days.
But soup for dinner can help ease the chill. And if you make it in the slow cooker, you'll have plenty of time for other activities.
CLINTON – The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition has welcomed Clinton as another area that tells remarkable stories about Abraham Lincoln.
The central Illinois town has been cited for its 10 new wayside exhibits that tell the story of the 16th president's connection to Clinton and DeWitt County.
Pressure cookers are back.
Remember your mom or grandma using the heavyweight pots with seals and gauges?
The idea was to raise the cooking atmosphere to a temperature higher than boiling water and speed up the process of getting a meal on the table.
Today, pressure cookers are recommended for economical and/or fast cooking. They can tenderize a cheaper cut of meat or quickly cook beans.
CHICAGO – The HBO Network will host tonight a Chicago preview of the new HBO film, "Temple Grandin," about the best-selling author, animal scientist and autism advocate.
The movie itself, starring Claire Danes as Grandin, a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Illinois, will debut on the network on Feb. 6.
"This is probably the most asked for recipe in my recipe file," writes Colleen Pihl of Champaign. "I came across it years ago on a Bakers German Chocolate box and modified it slightly."
Chocolate mixture: 1 package (4 ounces) Baker's German Sweet Chocolate and 3 tablespoons margarine.
VILLA GROVE – Organizers of a proposed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Villa Grove are searching for a new location after being denied approval for the facility in a residentially zoned neighborhood.
Over 50 people filled the city council chambers for a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Committee Monday.
PARIS – An Indiana man was killed Monday night in a head-on collision on an icy road in Edgar County.
Illinois State Police at Pesotum said John Buchanan, 19, of West Terre Haute, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash between the pickup truck in which he was a passenger and a small car that occurred on U.S. 150 just east of Paris about 5:30 p.m.
URBANA – Plans to put bike lanes along Main Street in downtown Urbana are opposed by Urbana merchants.
At a meeting Tuesday at the Urbana Civic Center, several business owners said diagonal parking on Main Street is their top priority.
If state can't meet its financial obligations, the University of Illinois will look to its students.
With the state's finances in dire shape and getting worse, University of Illinois officials face a limited number of choices in raising the revenue needed to keep the institution running.
Just as records are made to be broken, winning streaks are meant to be snapped.
It was not so much a matter of if the Centennial High School boy's basketball team would lose a game, but when.