Getting Personal: Ashley Pinnell

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 33-year-old ASHLEY PINNELL of rural Dewey, the owner of Ron's Truck and Auto Repair, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She's quite a volunteer and a horse lover.

Tom Kacich | A closer look at the 2018 midterm election

One more look back at the 2018 midterm election in Champaign County, plus some items of history and Thanksgiving:

Area history, Nov. 18, 2018

Today is Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, even though the United States changed the boundaries for time zones, Champaign-Urbana residents learned they would remain in the Central Time Zone.

Five years later | Tornado recovery helped Gifford grow closer

GIFFORD — Before the tornado, Carolyn Ross spent much of her time working as a caregiver in Paxton.

"I went to work, came home, walked my dogs, then got up and did the same thing the next day," said the longtime Gifford resident.

Since the tornado, Ross has grown closer to her neighbors and other residents.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 18, 2018

If you attended the first Illinois men's basketball game this season — a home exhibition against Illinois Wesleyan — chances are you bumped into an usher named Blobaum.

Emil (81) and Carolyn Blobaum (78) have been fixtures at State Farm Center for years. On Nov. 2, the couple from Royal was joined by their son, Devin (52), and grandson, Connor (18), who are rookie ushers.

LIVE! Iowa

Iowa 63, Illinois 0 — FINAL

Oof. Hard to see a loss like this one in a positive light.

Illinois and Iowa were actually playing a competitive game through the first quarter, with the Hawkeyes leading 7-0 after the first 15 minutes.

Unit 4 board: If teachers strike, district will be shuttered

CHAMPAIGN — If Unit 4 teachers go on strike nine days from now, all of the district's buildings will be shut down.

UI cop files complaint over his harassment investigation becoming public

URBANA — A University of Illinois police officer who was the subject of a sexual-harassment investigation has filed a complaint with the department about the information becoming public.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Robert Jones has met with some of the police department's female officers and is reviewing how to address their concerns, according to a campus spokeswoman.

County board seeks second extension on nursing home sale till March

URBANA — A Chicago law firm has filed a second request with state regulators for an extension to finalize the sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home — this time seeking an additional three months.

If this extension is approved, the county could continue to be the owner of the financially ailing nursing home until March 1, 2019.

UI to review DeVos' proposed overhaul of sexual-misconduct guidelines

URBANA — The University of Illinois says it will ask working groups "representing every constituency" from its three campuses to review proposed new regulations from the U.S. Department of Education on how colleges should handle student sexual-misconduct complaints.