Getting Personal: Holly Rushakoff

Getting Personal appears in Sunday's News-Gazette. This week, News-Gazette staff writer Paul Wood chats with musician, marketing professional and graphic artist Holly Rushakoff, 36, of Urbana.

Girl Scouts to honor 5 adult Women of Distinction

For 22 years, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois has recognized outstanding women for their contributions to their communities and for being role models to young women.

At a Thursday banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Ranija Turner will be honored as the Young Woman of Distinction.

Champaign teen has distinguished herself

CHAMPAIGN — With math and science being her favorite subjects, it's not surprising that Ranija Turner is considering a career in medicine.

The 17-year-old from Champaign has already spent more time in hospitals than most teens because her father has suffered from a debilitating heart condition for the last 10 years.

Gearhead of the Week: Fred Strater

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

Remembering Ebert: A kid with talent, miles of it

There wasn't anything that Roger Ebert tried that he wasn't stunningly successful at. After years of valiant resistance, he succumbed to cancer Thursday. He leaves behind a staggering body of multidimensional work. And here is where it all began, when we were young reporters.


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Sybil Mervis chosen for First Citizen award

DANVILLE — Vermilion County businesswoman, community volunteer and philanthropist Sybil Mervis was named the 2012 First Citizen by the Danville Chapter of AMBUCS, members announced Thursday.

A banquet honoring Mervis is being planned at Turtle Run Banquet Center in Danville. Details will be released at a later date.

Ebert never lost touch with his Urbana roots

URBANA — The simple sign, hand-printed in black ink and left in front of Roger Ebert's childhood home in Urbana, says it all:

"Roger loved Urbana, and Urbana loves Roger!"

Milestones in the life of Roger Ebert

June 18, 1942: Born at Mercy Hospital in Urbana, the only child of Walter and Annabel Ebert. His father was an electrician at the University of Illinois, and his mother was a bookkeeper for the Allied Finance Co. The Eberts lived at 410 E. Washington St., U.

Chaz Ebert: 'Thank you for going on this journey with us'

Chaz Ebert, whom Roger Ebert married in 1992, after having been a bachelor, was his rock, his foundation.

"How can I begin to tell you about Chaz?" he wrote. "She fills my horizon; she is the great fact of my life; she is the love of my life; she saved me from the fate of living out my life alone, which is where I seemed to be heading.

Legendary film critic Ebert gone, but his show will go on

Roger Ebert will no longer physically be in the back of Champaign's Virginia Theatre, but Roger Ebert's Film Festival will go on.

And not just this year.

The $1 million gift that Mr. Ebert and his wife, Chaz, gave to his alma mater, the University of Illinois College of Media, established a film studies program in the famed critic's name.