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Fire department: Champaign blaze intentionally set

CHAMPAIGN — Fire officials said that a late night blaze that displaced residents of a Champaign duplex was intentionally set.

Nobody was reported hurt.

Champaign Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith said firefighters were called to a working fire at 201 W. Columbia Avenue at 10:24 p.m. Saturday.

The blaze was called in by a passerby, Smith said.

New version of Nesbitt African American Cultural Center nearly ready to open on UI campus

URBANA — Fifty years ago, in response to black students' demands for more support from the University of Illinois, the Afro-American Cultural Program opened its doors.

Fatal accident on U.S. 150 a tragic repeat for Vermilion County family

OAKWOOD — An Oakwood man killed in a single-vehicle accident in Vermilion County early Saturday is the second member of his family to die in a traffic crash.

Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden said Tyler J. Baker, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene on U.S. 150, about a half-mile west of Vermilion County Road 600 E, between Muncie and Oakwood.

Tom Kacich | U.S. Rep. James Mann, a UI grad, was key player in fight for women's suffrage

A University of Illinois graduate born in McLean County had a small but significant role 100 years ago in finally setting in motion the process by which American women got the right to vote.

Public invited to discuss Middle Fork River bank stabilization plan

NEWTOWN — Illinois' only officially designated Wild and Scenic River could resemble a major construction zone later this year, with heavy equipment blocking the paths of canoeists, kayakers and tubers who float the Middle Fork River.

Danville City Council considers job cuts, fund sweeps in place of tax hikes, fees

DANVILLE — Rather than increase the city's hotel-motel tax rate and create more fees for video gaming and other businesses, Danville aldermen now want to eliminate two positions — a city inspector and a community development employee — and sweep some fund reserves to balance the next budget.

Area history, March 24, 2019

Today is Sunday, March 24, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, C.R. Cruzen and Lt. E.E. Alger completed the purchase of the Majestic Theatre in Paxton from M.E. Hunt.

This day in history, March 24, 2019

Today is Sunday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2019. There are 282 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525, an Airbus A320, crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board; investigators said the jetliner was deliberately downed by the 27-year-old co-pilot.

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The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 24, 2019

Picking up where we left off last Sunday, we assembled a panel of 10 more experts and asked: What's the one 2020 election storyline you'll be watching between now and next March, when Illinois and 21 other states will hold their presidential primaries?

Top of the Morning, March 24, 2019

Bruce Johnson, a founder of The Other Guys, was asked if the UI men's a capella group was as popular on campus as, say, the football players in Year 1.

"Well, we were hardly known at all when we started out," Johnson said. "But then again, the football team went 0-10 my senior year (fall of 1969). You can look it up if you're a glutton for misery."