Longtime Illinois volleyball fans happy to share road to Final Four

MINNEAPOLIS — Rick Borup and Cindy Duffy have occupied seats at Huff Hall for Illinois volleyball games for decades. Their fandom goes back to the mid-'80s, and when their son, Daniel, was a baby, they took him to games in a carrier.

Thursday's Final Four in Minneapolis will be special for the family in multiple ways.

Potential jurors in Christensen trial getting 31 pages of questions

PEORIA — If you read books, which authors and types of books do you like? Do you regularly listen to any radio talk shows? Have you ever used any online dating apps or websites?

These are some of the questions lawyers want answered by potential jurors in the April 2019 trial of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen.

Champaign school board approves 40-year PR vet as communications head

CHAMPAIGN — A 40-year veteran of public relations is slated to begin working for Unit 4 next Monday, "shoring up" a communications department flooded with responsibilities related to the district's 2016 referendum, board President Chris Kloeppel said.

Postponement of Parliament vote puts Brexit deal in peril

LONDON (AP) — Facing almost certain defeat, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday postponed a vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal, saying she would go back to European Union leaders to seek changes to the divorce agreement.

UI's second solar farm will make it 'second to none' among U.S. universities

URBANA — A second solar farm planned in Savoy will put the University of Illinois in the lead among American universities in terms of solar energy, a top campus proponent says.

The campus is moving ahead with a 55-acre solar farm along the north side of Curtis Road, between First and Neil streets in Savoy, about a mile south of the first 21-acre farm on Windsor Road.

Urbana council gives initial approval for solar-farm lease deal

URBANA — Aldermen gave their initial approval Monday to a lease agreement that could be the first step toward a new solar farm in the city.

Election 2019: It's filing time in the cities

Monday marked the first day of the week-long filing period for a slew of area races on the ballot in the April 2 consolidated election. News-Gazette Media's reporters will track the filings as they happen. Here's the latest:

Champaign council to re-evaluate how ordinance violations are handled

CHAMPAIGN — The city council could take a step tonight toward overhauling the way ordinance violations are handled in the wake of a Champaign County judge's decision almost a year ago to quash thousands of outstanding warrants, leaving the city with the task of resolving those open cases.

This day in history, Dec. 11, 2018

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2018. There are 20 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Dec. 11, 1972, Apollo 17's lunar module landed on the moon with astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt aboard; they became the last two men to date to step onto the lunar surface.

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Area history, Dec. 11, 2018

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the board of directors of the new Sarah A. Jarman Memorial Hospital in Tuscola announced the institution would open on Jan. 1. Completion had been delayed due to The Great War, because it was difficult to get materials to finish the building.