Former Bresee Tower's new owners discuss plans for hotel-casino complex

DANVILLE — With casino expansion legislation brewing in Springfield, the owners of the newly named Collins Tower are now considering working a casino into their plans to redevelop Danville's tallest building into a hotel.

Urbana parents, staff unsatisfied with district's approach to discipline

URBANA — Nearly a month into the school year, parents and staff are still looking to district administrators for solutions to discipline issues raised earlier this year.

Champaign council approves zoning changes for In-Town neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN — Residents of the In-Town neighborhood packed the city council chambers Tuesday as members approved new zoning regulations — with one amendment — that one critic charged could "change the tenor of the neighborhood."

Legally Speaking: Melby Huddleston

At 18, MELBY HUDDLESTON was a successful communications and advertising entrepreneur in Venezuela when she decided to follow her parents to Champaign County.

Illinois Supreme Court set to rule on hospital tax-exemption law

SPRINGFIELD — Hospitals and taxing districts in Illinois have a lot riding on a state Supreme Court decision expected later this week.

The court anticipates issuing its long-awaited opinion Thursday on a constitutional challenge to the state's 6-year-old hospital tax-exemption law.

Teacher of the Week: Melissa Ward

Meet MELISSA WARD, a kindergarten teacher at Ruth M. Schneider Elementary School in Farmer City. During math class, you can find the some-years-a-first-grade-teacher and some-years-a-kindergarten-teacher being "silly" with her students — a hallmark of her classrooms.

'Me too' founder to UI audience: 'It is a movement about survival'

URBANA — Long before actress Alyssa Milano began encouraging people to use the hashtag "#MeToo" to stress standing in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and assault, Tarana Burke coined the phrase "me too" and ultimately launched an international movement.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 19, 2018

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For years, RICHARD and JOANNE GERARD have made the short trip to Jocko's in Danville for good food and company.

On Friday, the restaurant's staff turned the tables on the Oakwood couple.

This day in history, Sept. 19, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2018. There are 103 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Sept. 19, 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died 2 1/2 months after being shot by Charles Guiteau; Chester Alan Arthur became president.

On this date

Area history, Sept. 19, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, voters were asked to approve a ballot measure in the fall to raise money to build hard roads across the state. The bonds would be paid off from motor vehicle license fees.