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The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 23, 2014

Thursday is a day to give thanks, to be with family ... and to fill one’s face with scoops of stuffing before the tryptophan kicks in. To help make yours a holiday meal to remember, we asked 10 local foodies to share their secret Thanksgiving dish.

Area history, Nov. 23, 2014

Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Tom Kacich: How Frerichs won

So how did Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs, who two weeks ago looked like an election loser, become an election winner?

In a variation of the old saw that "victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan," Frerichs joked last Thursday that "lots of people have called to claim credit" for his narrow victory over Republican Tom Cross for state treasurer.

IHSA dispute growing in Urbana

Ask Tom Kacich about this controversy here

This day in history: Nov. 23, 2014

Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2014. There are 38 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 23, 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. (The coin-operated device consisted of four listening tubes attached to an Edison phonograph.)

New UI president cut his teeth studying earth's upper atmosphere

Hundreds of miles above Illinois, the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics satellite orbits the earth, looking down on a part of the atmosphere bombarded by cosmic dust and where meteors burn up.

Killeen's time in New York prepared him well for UI job

Timothy Killeen walked into turmoil when he started his job as president of the Research Foundation at the State University of New York. The agency was marred by ethical breaches and perceptions of secrecy that forced out his predecessor.

Previous presidents of the University of Illinois

The first 19 presidents of the University of Illinois:

John M. Gregory, 1867-1880

When it first opened, the UI was called Illinois Industrial University. During his term, landmarks like the Morrow Plots and Harker Hall opened. Gregory is buried south of Altgeld Hall.

Selim H. Peabody, 1880-1891

Turbines boosting governments' bank accounts

In its first year on the property tax rolls, the California Ridge wind farm contributed more than $2.3 million to the coffers of schools, community colleges, counties, townships, libraries and fire districts in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 23, 2014

So, how was your week?