Special Reports

Special Reports

Prairie North 2013 Disaster Drill

More than 15 local and state agencies took part in the first day of a three-day emergency response exercise April 11 to 13 called Prairie North 2013.They were at the  empty Abbott Acres apartment complex in Rantoul on Thursday, April 11, 2013.The agencies included local fire and police departments, area hospital and ambulance services, and Illinois emergency agencies.

Gearhead of the Week: Fred Strater

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

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.

Pi Day at Westville High School 2013


Westville High School celebrates Pi Day Thursday March 14, 2013. Students purchased raffle tickets for a chance to hit one of four teachers or principal Guy Goodlove with a pie. $130. was raised for St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

Gearhead of the Week: Mike Hobson

Mike Hobson of Paris talks about the 1968 Camaro owned by his wife Miki.

Gearhead of the Week: Scott Ingrum

Jeep collector Scott Ingrum of Paris talks about his rare 1957 Jeep Forward Control.

Lincoln Hall Rededication 2/12/13

The Lincoln Hall Rededication Ceremony in the Lincoln Hall Theater on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus in Urbana on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The rededication was 100 years to the day from the original dedication of the building.

Pet of the Week Penelope


 Penelope is a 1 year and 4 month old spayed white and gray rabbit, very sweet and quiet, available at the Champaign County Humane Society.