Top of the morning, Nov. 25, 2015

The Virginia Theatre has an 8-year-old third-grader to thank for getting its holiday train display up and running.

While attending last weekend's showing of "The Snow Queen," Rowan Fisher noticed the Bachmann setup on the mezzanine level needed serious help. Fake snow was out of place, cars were in the wrong order and the engine kept derailing.

Thanksgiving message from UI's Killeen

Dear friends and colleagues:

Thanksgiving is a particularly special time — a time to gather with family and celebrate our blessings — and I sincerely hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday.

It is also an opportunity to look ahead and imagine a better tomorrow.

Racist 'Illini' page may not be work of any real Illini

A series of "white student unions" that have appeared on Facebook in the past week, purporting to be based on U.S. college campuses, may have no real connections to the schools themselves.

UPDATED: Mahomet trustees vote to repeal video gaming ban

MAHOMET — In the end, the debate over Mahomet’s video gaming ban came down to taxes.

The board of trustees voted 4-2 to repeal the ban on Tuesday night, with proponents of the measure citing the need to encourage commercial growth in a community where the tax base is overwhelmingly residential.

Candidate filings: Dem for 13th, Rietz for fourth term

SPRINGFIELD — Several more candidates filed statements of candidacy Tuesday, including a Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz, who is seeking a fourth term as the county's chief prosecutor.

Ludlow woman wins $46,100

LUDLOW — Now, Brenna Schluter can tell everyone about her big pay day on “Wheel of Fortune.”

Danville Housing Authority evicts 10-year director, plots new direction

DANVILLE — The 10-year director of the Danville Housing Authority was placed on administrative leave by the board on Tuesday, and a search has already been launched for a replacement to take the city’s public housing in a new direction.

PODCAST: Marching Illini Director Barry Houser from New York City

PODCAST: Marching Illini Director Barry Houser from New York City: Play now!

Marching Illini Director Barry Houser checks in from New York City as the band prepares to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


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Obama and Hollande pledge solidarity against Islamic State

JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent