Fallen Tolono soldier welcomed home

SAVOY – A line of motorcycles bearing flags, their riders clad in black leather, rumbled its way through a light mist Wednesday on its way to Willard Airport.

The riders came from all over the state and from a variety of backgrounds, but all shared a common goal – to honor Pfc. Lucas Starcevich, a man they'd never met.

Source: Michael Jordan's son to UI

CHAMPAIGN – As famous sons go, there may not be a precedent for Jeffrey Jordan.

Mainly because there has never been anyone like his father.

Jordan, a senior guard at Loyola Academy and Michael's son, is expected to announce today his decision to attend and play basketball at the University of Illinois, a source close to the situation said Thursday night.

Parkland president takes four-week medical leave

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College board members will hold a special meeting Wednesday to grant medical leave to Parkland President Robert Exley and to talk about business in his absence.

The college announced Monday that Exley's four-week leave would be effective that day.

Young Loda patient glad to be home at last

LODA – Since being diagnosed with cancer last August, junior high student Ryan Coe also had to contend with cabin fever after being cooped up in a hospital or in the Ronald McDonald apartments in St. Louis for eight months.

But Ryan filled his time with e-mail messages to his friends in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda schools and making homemade fishing lures.

It's quiet now, but not for long ...

It's so still in the three-bedroom ranch-style house on Meadowlawn Drive.

Quintuplets live here, right?

The quiet deceives – but not the five baby swings arranged in a semi-circle in the front room, or the dispenser of alcohol foam attached to the wall next to the front door. A small note tells visitors to wash hands or use the foam before and after contact with any infant.

A paper banner draped across the entry to the kitchen and dining room announces, "Welcome Home Team Quint, est. Dec. 21."

Memorial service moved to bigger venue

The location for the memorial service for Art Lerner, a veteran Champaign attorney who died March 31, has been changed.

The memorial service was originally scheduled to be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Champaign County Courthouse. The location has been changed to the Laborer's Hall in Urbana, 108 E. Anthony Drive, to accommodate the large crowd expected, according to John Gadau, president of the Champaign County Bar Association. The time and date of the service remain the same.

New UI trustee a tough trial lawyer and civil rights pioneer

James Montgomery always had something to prove.

First, that a middle child could stand out by going to college and law school – a rarity for black Americans in the 1950s.

Then, that blacks could excel in law school despite hostility from white peers.

Parents remember son for his ability to bring family together

CHAMPAIGN – Shawn Marmion relished preparing and filing his son's income tax return. It wasn't because he was expecting a whopping refund.

"When I folded up the form, I did it so slowly. That was the strangest feeling. I realized that as his dad, this is one of the last physical things I got to do for him," said Shawn Marmion. "It was a hard moment, but I treasured it."

Unity grad talks about Monday's massacre

SADORUS – Brent Stierwalt was in his 9 a.m. class Monday morning when he and his classmates heard sirens.

"People were getting up and looking out the window to see if we could see anything," said Stierwalt, a Virginia Tech sophomore and 2005 Unity High School graduate said.

Tolono family receiving community support after son's death

TOLONO – Army Pfc. Lucas Starcevich never wanted his family to worry.

His mother, Ava Tomson, spoke with him three times last week and had last talked to him on Friday.