Getting Personal: Andrew Johnson

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 47-year-old Andrew Johnson, the new chief operating officer at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. A native of DeKalb, Johnson is moving here from Normal.

Library events, April 30-May 6, 2017

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

At 2 p.m. today at the main library, attend a family-friendly concert by the University of Illinois' first female a cappella group, Girls Next Door.

For the retirees, April 30-May 6, 2017

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Family Service Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

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

Travel/Indiana: An architectural Mecca


The gray chill of a typical central Illinois winter brings dreams to many — faraway blue skies, white sands, golden sunsets. But no worries if your time and your funds require staying closer to home — adventures remain to be had.

C-U haiku, April 30, 2017



in a sleeping child's palm

stolen coin

— Justice Joseph Prah, Ghana, West Africa

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

John Roska: Judges have leeway in handling eviction orders

Q: If my landlord takes me to court to evict me, how much time will I get to move? If I got a 30-day notice from the landlord, do I also get 30 days from the judge to move? And if I have kids, do I get more time to move?

The Reluctant Townie: Sprung for spring: How to love the season

Real talk: Spring is not the only thing that's sprung around here.

You're thirsty for those April showers. I feel you. But springtime in Illinois is a fickle thing, and if you come at it too strong, the season might just slip through your fingers.

What can you do? How can you ensure a successful relationship with spring?

1: Play it cool from the get go.

Letter from Birdland: The wheel of life keeps turning

As soon as I saw the feathers this morning, I remembered what I had forgotten last night. Nine times out of 10, I remember. And most of the time, even when I forget, it's OK.

Kelly Strom: Playful tales of wit and romance

After reading some emotional and intense books and watching Netflix's "13 Reasons Why," I was ready for something lighter. I picked up a few titles to read and was pleasantly distracted by novels with wit and light-heartedness. All of them were delightful and would be perfect companions to sitting outside in the sun with birds chirping and a glass of lemonade at your side.

Joel Shoemaker: Introduce your kids to the Boxcar Children

Nostalgia is a billion-dollar business.

Just consider recent movies as an example. Sequels have always been big, but more and more, it seems like the newest and hottest movies are reboots.