I-74 crashes reported

Illinois State Police are on the scene of multiple crashes on the Interstate 74overpass westbound between Lincoln Avenue and Neil Street. The interstate is ice covered. Use extreme caution.
This is a developing story.



This day in history: March 2, 2015

Today is Monday, March 2, the 61st day of 2015. There are 304 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 2, 1965, the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical "The Sound of Music," starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, had its world premiere at New York's Rivoli Theater.

Dwindling resources, funding as Unofficial approaches

What to do about Unofficial? Tell Tom Kacich your solution here

CHAMPAIGN — At first glance, statistics from the city appear to show underage drinking may be on the downswing in Champaign.

Eyesores coming down

URBANA — The top properties on a list of dangerous structures to be razed in Champaign County are adjacent homes on a cul-de-sac in the upscale Yankee Ridge neighborhood south of Urbana.

They're owned by Henri Merkelo, a one-time University of Illinois professor of electrical engineering who is now believed to live in Pennsylvania.

Oriental Mart owner 'totally surprised' by non-renewal of lease

CHAMPAIGN — Chang's Oriental Mart has weathered the financial crisis, recessions and competition during its 30 years at Royal Plaza in Champaign.

"But we can't survive without the support of our own landlord," said Paul Chang, who with his wife Wendy caters to the grocery needs of Asian and African customers.

Salute to veterans: One of first women to teach pilots in World War II

SAVOY — Things were "tough and very good" for a female Marine who taught men how to navigate the skies of World War II.

Iris Nigg Lundin, who is nearly 97 and lives in Savoy, enlisted in the Marines in 1943 and was one of the first four women to earn wings for teaching navigation, meteorology and radio/laser technique to male pilots.

In like a lion...

In a typical year, 2.6 inches of snow falls on Champaign-Urbana in March.

Sunday confirmed 2015 will go down as anything but a typical year, with 8.3 fluffy inches greeting shovelers and snowman builders on the month's first day.

Foundation hosts dinner to honor Denman

DANVILLE — The Danville Public School Foundation is hosting a banquet to pay tribute to the school district's retiring superintendent.

The event, "Honoring Mark Denman: A Lifetime of Achievement," will be held at 6 p.m. (Illinois time) on April 16 at the Beef House Banquet Center in Covington, Ind.

It is open to the public.

Downtown pharmacy has seen steady growth

CHAMPAIGN — Prescriptions filled? Check.

Flu shots given? Check.

Corner of happy and healthy? Nope, corner of Hickory and Washington in downtown Champaign.