CHAMPAIGN — Just in time for Ebertfest, the Champaign Park District is ready to unveil the most substantial Virginia Theatre renovations to date.
Officials will open the theater at 203 W. Park Ave., C, to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
DANVILLE — River levels rose in Vermilion County on Thursday following heavy rains in northern Vermilion and southern Iroquois counties, prompting Illinois Conservation Police to restrict boating on the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River.
URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted his role in the theft of a vehicle last year has been sentenced to two years of probation,
CHAMPAIGN — A 16-story apartment building has been proposed for the northwest corner of Fourth and Green streets in Campustown — where an IHOP restaurant and convenience store now stand.
Generous Geoff Poor of Glen Poor's Audio-Video offers free admission to his theater in the Old Farm Shops at Kirby and Mattis avenues in Champaign.
This probably outrages the owners of the local cinemas. Poor currently showcases the new 84-inch LG Electronics model 84LM9600 4K television, also known as ultra-high definition.
CHAMPAIGN — Students at Barkstall Elementary are about to learn a lot about fitness.
The school is starting a schoolwide initiative to encourage physical activity called "Fitness is Fun." It's registered with Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, and students and teachers will log their physical activity every week.
CHAMPAIGN — It might come as a surprise for many at Ebertfest to discover that Patrick Wang, who wrote, directs and stars in "In the Family," graduated with a degree in economics from MIT.
He worked for a decade or so as an economist in think tanks and at the Fed before he made the movie, his first, coming to Roger Ebert's Film Festival on Thursday.
Canadian alt-country legend Fred Eaglesmith came to rock like many others — through the Holy Church of Elvis — but he's always interested in something new.
Pop-up galleries, glass-blowing demonstrations, open artist studios and performances — all are among the myriad events taking place this weekend as part of the 11th annual Boneyard Arts Festival.
The festival will encompass more than 100 indoor and outside venues, both traditional and not.
CHAMPAIGN — Likely Republican gubernatorial contender Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that the University of Illinois would be a key element in his plan to revitalize Illinois' economy.
The Winnetka businessman, one of at least five Republicans considering running for governor next year, also said he was prepared to "play hardball" with special-interest groups if elected.