In Wednesday's paper, we'll have stories about an area woman who contributed to a satirical super PAC, sale prices of homes stabilizing and coverage of Illini basketball.
The warm January may make you think a number of records were set for high temperatures.
But Jim Angel, climatologist with the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign, said the month will likely only rank in the top 20 Januarys for above average temperatures. He says the month ran about six degrees above normal.
Yesterday's weather had me practically jumping for joy.
The sun was shining, the birds were singing - and that weird flower in my front walkway that usually blooms in March showed up early. Plus, the longer sunlight in the evening is just such a relief. I know that winter is far from over, but it's so nice when the weather feels like spring.
The Urbana school board announced last week that Don Owen, the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, will be the district's next superintendent.
CHAMPAIGN — The first components for the new Blue Waters petascale supercomputer are in place at the University of Illinois, and researchers could begin using it in March.
Seattle-based Cray Inc., which took over the project in November after IBM pulled out over cost and technical concerns, delivered the first 40 computer components on Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD — Two local lawmakers are promoting legislation to regulate the process of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a controversial method used to extract natural gas from deep underground deposits of shale.
URBANA — A 36-year-old Urbana woman who died after having a seizure at the Champaign County Jail on Monday was plagued by illegal drug use much of her adult life.
But Melissa S. Lackey had successfully graduated from Champaign County's drug-court program in 2008 and even inspired her husband to go through it, and won praise from a circuit judge for her work at a drug treatment center.
We have hit that stage of parenthood when prescreening movies may not be a bad idea.
A good friend recently invited our son to a movie at the Virginia Theatre with a group of other sixth-graders.
It was “Christmas Vacation,” which I’d never seen, but some classic scenes from the other two movies in National Lampoon’s 1980s comedy series did come to mind.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating a holdup at a convenience store that happened early Sunday.
A release from Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a female employee of the Circle K at 1713 W. John St., reported to police she was robbed by a masked man about 3 a.m.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating a shooting early Tuesday in the 400 block of East Columbia Avenue.
A release from police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a 33-year-old Champaign man and a woman were sitting in a car in the driveway of a friend's home just before 2 a.m. when a silver or gray vehicle pulled up on the street directly behind them.