It was 1981, three days after President Ronald Reagan took office, and at the same time, the American hostages were re-turning home from Iran. The skies were a gorgeous shade of blue, the monuments were gleaming in the sun and millions of hopeful, patriotic people were lining the streets of the nation's capital, Terrance McLennand recalled.
"It was just an amazing, amazing time," he said. "It was, as Reagan said, 'that shining city on the hill,' and that was somewhere I wanted to be."
URBANA – Ivonne Manriquez wants her son to have rich opportunities and an excellent education, so she's starting early and she's going to school with him.
Fernando, who's 2, darted around a playground in downtown Monticello with other children in Urbana Adult Education's Even Start summer program while Manriquez, 23, talked about her expectations.
CHAMPAIGN – Von Young Jr. has a simple philosophy in law enforcement: Treat everyone with respect.
It has worked well for him in more than 20 years of law en-forcement. He's continuing that approach in his new job as po-lice chief at Parkland College.
CHAMPAIGN – Can jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker inspire youngsters to pick up books in the summer?
Cassiette West-Williams and her colleagues say they can, and they tested that theory this month at the Douglass Branch Library with classrooms of youngsters willing to be part of their experiment.
OAKBROOK TERRACE – Andrea Fritz of Schaumburg, Miss Chicago, was crowned Miss Illinois on Friday night.
Alexandra "Alli" Harold, 21, of Urbana was second runner-up, one place higher than she finished in last year's pageant. Last year, she was third runner-up to her older sister, Erika Harold.
URBANA – An almost three-week long civil trial in Champaign County Circuit Court concluded Thursday night with a disappointing outcome for the widow of a man killed in a 1996 plane crash.
But the jury verdict is being hailed by those who view the aviation insurance industry as under siege by lawyers.
URBANA – Champaign County Recorder Barb Frasca says the workload at her office in recent months has her and her five full-time employees "about ready to pull our hair out."
Record low interest rates are leading to record numbers of mortgage refinancings and healthy real estate sales. She's projecting her office will handle as many as 60,000 mortgages, deeds and related real estate documents this year, compared to 45,097 during fiscal 2002, which was a record.
CHICAGO – The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a 5 percent tuition increase Friday, after the UI administration changed its position and recommended the lower increase.
The 5 percent increase means students at the Urbana-Champaign campus will pay $133 more per semester, beginning this fall. With the increase, their tuition will be $2,784 per semester.
URBANA – An Urbana man has died serving in the Army in Kuwait.
Spc. Cory A. Hubbell, 20, of Urbana was hospitalized Wednesday evening with breathing difficulties at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, an Army statement said.
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has something on her schedule today beside her regular duties – she's going to stop telemarketers from calling her.
Today's the first day Americans can ask their federal government to put them on a huge "no-call" list.