A date with history in soggy shoes

There I was, walking my dog in the rain on the morning I might be meeting the president.

I wasn’t certain at that point, knowing only that I would be covering Barack Obama’s speech at Foellinger Auditorium, along with more than two dozen reporters.

Family Checkbook | Financial coaching a new trend

"Where can I receive help with my money management?" is a question that I hear regularly.

Many financial professionals, with different credentials and approaches, assist people with investing decisions but historically not many help with personal financial goals related to managing daily spending, saving for personal goals and managing debt.

Parkland Gala 2018

“Creating Impact” was the theme for the Parkland College Gala on Thursday at Parkland’s Student Union. The event, which included a 50/50 raffle, drew an estimated 160 people.The gala is a fundraiser for general scholarships and the college is doing a Scholarship Appeal, asking people to raise their paddle and give different levels of tuition help to Parkland College students.

Getting Personal: Robert and Sondra Libman

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with Robert and Sondra Libman, who have been honored as 2018 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens. The honor is based on their commitment to education and a lifetime of community service, focusing on the needs of the underprivileged.

C-U haiku, Sept. 16, 2018

Blue flash soars above

Silver straight unfurls great wings

Shimmer in sunrise.

— Maeve Reilly, Champaign

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Library events, Sept. 16-23, 2018

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Alice B. McGinty | Stories deliver unique takes on fun

Autumn is rolling in and soccer season beginning. Here are two new voices from different cultural backgrounds, each bringing us their unique takes on play, friendship, joy, communication and overcoming struggles.

Join the soccer game as you read "The Field" (2017, NorthSouth Books, written by Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jaqueline Alcantara (from Illinois), ages 3-8).

For the retirees, Sept. 16-23, 2018

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Significant Structures | Tiernan Building embodies work of 'Urbana's architect'

URBANA — This building has never lost its magic.

The first floor of 115 W. Main St. was once a grocery store (now Crane Alley), but above it were an opera house, then a Masonic organization. You can clearly see these traces, even in a building with many new touches.

The Reluctant Townie | Trump's review of Woodward's 'Fear'

Today's column was "guest-written" by the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

This week, lying Dem operative Bob Woodward, reporter and editor for FAKE NEWS outlet Washington Post, released a book about the first two years of my presidency, titled "Fear."