Space Jamboree 9

More than 1,200 scouts from 24 states attended the event looking to earn some of the 44 merit badges available at Space Jamboree 9, a Boy Scout merit badge jamboree at the Old Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul Saturday August 8, 2015.

Top of the morning, Aug. 3, 2015

Two Aug. 3 editions, years apart, produced some memorable front pages.

Eleven years ago, the man who would become our 44th president spent some time in our area.

A few days after his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, BARACK OBAMA came through town on the fourth day of a five-day, 39-city campaign swing for the U.S. Senate.

4-H Day at the Champaign County Fair

Area youth show their animals during the annual 4-H Day at the Champaign County Fair Thursday July 30, 2015.

Arthur Freedom Celebration 2015

Photos from the Arthur Freedom Celebration Saturday June 27, 2015.

Edgar on DWS: redistricting yes, term limits no

A former Illinois governor said creating term limits for state lawmakers isn't really the answer to fixing the state's problems.

Republican Jim Edgar made the comments Wednesday on A Penny for Your Thoughts on WDWS.

Jerad Gale arraignment

Jerad Gale during his arraignment for 3 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault at the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana Wednesday June 24, 2015.

Sunday Conversation: Gene Honda

He has been the public-address announcer for the Blackhawks and White Sox since the early 1990s. On Monday night at the United Center, Illinois alum Gene Honda worked what turned out to be the Stanley Cup championship game. That is three titles for Honda with the Blackhawks, plus a World Series title with the White Sox.

Illinois grad Honda enjoys Blackhawks' victory

CHICAGO — Finally, Gene Honda got to be there.

The Chicago Blackhawks public-address announcer watched his favorite hockey team win two Stanley Cups on the road, in 2010 and ’13.
Monday, on home ice, the Illinois graduate soaked it all in. Savoring every moment.

He had prepared for the win. Hoped for the win.

Those Who Served: Ceasar Perez

Ceasar Perez is well-known to Illini fans as Mr. Blue Hands Man, but he is also a U.S. Marine who served in Somalia.

Community college plan to be heard

SPRINGFIELD — While the Rauner administration has proposed a 31 percent cut in public higher education funding for the upcoming fiscal year, Illinois Senate Democrats plan to discuss next Tuesday the benefits of free community college tuition.

The Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, has scheduled a committee of the whole session on college affordability in Illinois.