Gearhead of the Week: Fred Strater

Fred Strater of Rantoul talks about his 1967 GMC shortbed pickup truck.

21 failed health inspections yielded 6 closures

Twenty-one restaurants in Champaign County failed health inspections between September 2012 and the end of February, with critical violations ranging from improper storage of food to employees failing to wash their hands.

Six were temporarily shut down.

Chaz Ebert will return as Ebertfest emcee

Chaz Ebert will be here to emcee her late husband's 15th annual festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.

"As of now, she will be here, and the festival will go on pretty much as planned," festival director Nate Kohn said Friday morning, a day after Roger Ebert's death in Chicago.

Urbana veteran honored for rescuing his family from fiery wreck

CHAMPAIGN — Trapped between two semitrailers, surrounded by flames and smoke, as diesel fuel spilled out and began to pool under his Pontiac G6, Mark Rogers shoved open his passenger side door, leapt out and rolled over in the grass to smother the flames on his body.

Then he went back.

Report: 957,000 in Illinois eligible for health care credit

CHAMPAIGN — More than 957,000 people in Illinois will be eligible for tax credits to help pay for health coverage next year, according to a national health care consumers organization.

Central Illinois Daily Life: April 1- April 8


Images of people and events as seen through the eyes of News-Gazette photographers.


Gearhead of the Week: Robert Swider

Robert Swider of Danville talks about his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu.

Shorter gardening seminar will feature 4 speakers

Organizers of Mahomet's annual Spring Gardening Seminar learned an important lesson after last year's inaugural event: Although gardeners love to learn about their craft, they're also eager to get their hands dirty after the long winter.

It's time for the great perennial divide


The snow put our perennials "on ice," but soon green cone heads will punch through their protective mulch.

Provena hospitals change name to Presence

URBANA — It's out with Provena and in with Presence.

But that's just a name, says Mike Brown, the CEO of the two hospitals in Urbana and Danville that are now called Presence Covenant Medical Center and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.

"That doesn't define who we are," he said.