DANVILLE – Renaissance Danville Executive Director Bob Yapp announced his resignation Monday, vowing to launch his own nonprofit organization dedicated to neighborhood development.
Renaissance Danville, meanwhile, said Yapp hasn't worked for the agency since Aug. 24.
SADORUS – It's been three months, three weeks and five days since anyone's seen Naomi Arnette.
Now, Arnette's face – a shy, closed-mouth smile, hazel eyes and hair pulled back – is appearing on billboards around the state.
Wilmer Otto might be coordinating the first-ever "facial transplant" of a historic facade onto a building he owns in Arcola, but don't be deceived.
For Otto, there's nothing superficial about the beauty of restoring the stamped-tin facade. It's a way for him to preserve the past and raise historical awareness – a major goal in his many restoration projects.
SPRINGFIELD – The son of a Tuscola resident has assumed command of the Illinois National Guard.
Brig. Gen. William L. Enyart took over command of the Guard during a ceremony Saturday morning at the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
URBANA – On a warm September day, in a square, nonair-conditioned room halfway up Altgeld Hall's tower, 73-year-old Sue Wood hustled across wooden floorboards.
In front of the giant clavier, or keyboard, she pushed lever after lever while moving side to side.
URBANA – A grade school teacher for many years, Gloria Wilhelm has continued her mission of educating, in a different way, for the past year.
Her message is clear and concise: "Drive now, talk later. It only takes a second to cause an eternal heartbreak."
DANVILLE – It's been a tough year for Danville residents Joe and Janet Burns. Both were diagnosed with cancer.
"I still can't believe it," said 49-year old Janet, wisps of hair escaping her pink baseball cap. "I'm still in shock."
The air in the Adams Building smells slightly musty as you walk through the double glass doors that face Vermilion Street.
It's cool inside and your footsteps echo quietly off of the pale marble walls and bounce up toward a high ceiling.
CHAMPAIGN – Documents released by the former employer of fired C-U public health director Vito Palazzolo show board members were blocked from talking about his employment there – except in a letter that gives him a good recommendation.
The News-Gazette asked for the documents from the Ottawa County, Mich., health department under the Freedom of Information Act.
At the wheel of a Jeep towing a loaded people-mover last weekend, Dennis Riggs drove right beside vintage combines cutting corn at the Half Century of Progress show.