Anthony Zilis

Anthony Zilis

Champaign County Crime Stoppers unveils 'Gun Bounty Reward' initiative

After the slew of recent shootings, Champaign County Crime Stoppers is upping the ante for people who give information regarding gun-related crimes.

In what they're calling a "Gun Bounty Reward," anyone who provides Crime Stoppers with information leading to the arrest of a person who used a gun during the crime will receive $1,000.

Cissna Park: Small town, big dreams

Throughout 2019, we’ll spotlight our area’s tiniest towns — and what makes them tick. Today: Cissna Park (population 846), home of the state’s No. 1-ranked basketball team

Cissna Park High School boys' basketball coach Kevin Long gathered his team into a classroom that's lined with four couches, which his sweaty players sank into after a morning practice over winter break.

Allerton garden to bear nature photographer's name

MONTICELLO — One of the last things Barry Brehm did before he died was to give each of his sisters a framed photo that he took.

To Dana, he gave a photo from a Vancouver vacation they took together shortly after he retired as an accountant at Carle Foundation Hospital. It was a vibrant black and red photo of an Indian mask, framed beautifully in typical Barry style.

Orpheum all set to drop into New Year

CHAMPAIGN — The clock was ticking toward noon on New Year's Eve, and Xander Hazel was ready for his first balloon drop last year at the Orpheum Children's Museum's theater when a brief moment of panic set in.

Laying down the law, final installment: Department of Corrections visits

Today, in the fifth and final installment of our series spotlighting some of the 200-plus laws set to change statewide in 2019, ANTHONY ZILIS looksat HB 4741, which amends Illinois' rules for corrections visits.

WHAT CHANGES?

Laying down the law: Protecting the Mahomet Aquifer

With the new year just about here, News-Gazette Media's Anthony Zilis this week will spotlight five of the 200-plus laws set to change statewide in 2019.

Laying down the law: Required black history

With the new year just about here, News-Gazette Media's Anthony Zilis this week will spotlight five of the 200-plus laws set to change statewide in 2019.

Laying down the law: The Child Passenger Protection Act

With the new year just about here, News-Gazette Media's Anthony Zilis this week will spotlight five of the 200-plus laws set to change statewide in 2019.

TODAY: The Child Passenger Protection Act, an amended version of a measure that dates back to 1983.

Many taking advantage of an unusually warm December

An unfamiliar sound for the season will come from the University of Illinois golf course sometime in the next few days — the hum of the lawnmower cutting the grass on the Orange and Blue Course greens.

"That's unheard of in December," Illinois golf course director Mike Wallner said.

Spotlight on new state laws: All firearms purchases

With the new year just about here, News-Gazette Media's ANTHONY ZILIS this week will spotlight four of the 200-plus of laws set to change statewide in 2019.

FIRST UP: SB 3256, which mandates a 72-hour waiting period for all firearm purchases.

WHAT CHANGES?

-