Century of transportation in Champaign-Urbana on display at Illinois Terminal

CHAMPAIGN — Crisp and clear, the past is here.

On the walls of the Illinois Terminal are displayed a downtown Champaign not seen for decades.

Looking west on Main Street, there's Vriner's confectionary, the old Champaign Daily News and, looming over the background, the only recently lost Metropolitan Building.

Illinois Ancestors: Newsletter features county records

The Illinois State Archives have listed the county records acquired in 2012 in a newsletter, "For the Record" (winter 2013). They include the following:

Portraits Project making stop at University YMCA

URBANA — The Illini 4000 will host the Portraits Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the University YMCA to share the stories of how cancer has affected America. At 7 p.m., the directors of the Portraits Project will give a presentation.

Life Remembered: Erma Bridgewater a 'quiet revolutionary' who served church, community

CHAMPAIGN — Erma Bridgewater had aimed to reach the age of 100 on Nov. 24. She wanted that congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama, said her son, Ron.

"She was determined. We all thought she would" make it, he said Tuesday morning, hours after his mother, who was 99, died at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.

Central Illinois Daily Life: April 1- April 8


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


Pet Talk: Raw diets have risks

By Sarah Netherton/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

The words "raw diet" brings thoughts of uncooked vegetables and meat to mind. The raw food craze has been popular among people, but is it safe to feed our animals a raw diet too?

Champaign woman new president of American Quarter Horse Association

Since childhood, horses have been a way of life for Johne Dobbs of Champaign, who now serves as the second-ever female president of the largest equine breed registry and membership association in the world, the American Quarter Horse Association. It's a role she comes to with a lifetime of experience working with the breed.

On The Town: STM Fiesta

Images from the STM Fiesta! Dinner Auction on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 at The High School of St. Thomas More, Champaign, IL.

Military news: UI student is state's veteran of the month

U.S. Navy veteran and University of Illinois student Elizabeth Ambros is Illinois' "veteran of the month" for March.

The award from the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs honors veterans who serve their communities.

Reluctant Townie: Supremely confident in my gay-marriage stance

Last week, the Supreme Court heard two cases on the subject of marriage equality — one involving California's controversial Proposition 8, which narrowly banned same-sex marriage statewide in 2008, and the other determining the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, which federally defines marriage as a "union between o