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Survey of Danville teens: Some good signs, some troubles

DANVILLE — The good news: Fewer Vermilion County high school students are drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, attempting suicide, and using unhealthy methods to lose weight.


Boating restricted on Middle Fork

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.


Probation follows plea for possession of stolen vehicle

URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted his role in the theft of a vehicle last year has been sentenced to two years of probation,


16-story building planned for Fourth and Green

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.


Rich Warren: Ultra-high definition offers a richer experience

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.


Rauner: UI would be key for state economy

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.


John Frayne: Wind Symphony, trumpets shine for premiere of concerto

The Illinois Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert W. Rumbelow, offered a rare highlight at its concert on April 2 — a world premiere by the distinguished composer Aaron Jay Kernis, who has been awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for his music.


Chuck Koplinski: '42' a fitting tribute to baseball hero's grit

To be sure, a solid film biography of Jackie Robinson is long overdue. Though it was made with the best of intentions, and features the man himself, 1950's "The Jackie Robinson Story," isn't a film that has aged well.


Eaglesmith likes to keep things interesting

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.


Directorial debut coming next week to Roger Ebert's Film Festival

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.