Just askin': Champaign-Urbana umemployment

How many people are considered unemployed in Champaign-Urbana?

Each month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the local unemployment rate and the number of jobs gained or lost. Along with that comes the number of people considered unemployed.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, April 30, 2017

Back this year by popular demand, we asked members of the high school Class of 2017: What are the top three items on your 10-year bucket list? (Coming next Sunday: Same question for seniors at 10 other area high schools).

Today's Special: Recipe for succes at new Monticello bakery

MONTICELLO — A White Heath couple plans to open a bakery in downtown Monticello in October.

Jeff and Susie Ryan are calling the sweet shop Susie Lu's Cakes and Pastries.

"We intend to have a location on the downtown square," Susie Ryan said.

The shop will use locally sourced ingredients.

Top of the Morning, April 30, 2017

She first gave skating a try at age 45, tagging along with her two children to a camp at the UI Ice Arena.

Now, 16 years later, Susan Frobish is one of the country's best in her age bracket — with no intention of unlacing the skates.

"I hope I'm still moving and skating into my 80s and 90s," the Realtor from Urbana said.

Area history, April 30, 2017

Today is Sunday, April 30, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, at a special meeting of the Champaign City Council, a building ordinance that had been under discussion for several sessions was passed. Approval of the ordinance was one of the last official acts of the present administration.

Review: Garth in command

How'd Garth do? Tell us here

CHAMPAIGN — Garth Brooks uses dazzling lights, massive videos and laser effects as part of his nearly four-hour show, but he gives back, powering enough energy of his own to light up a mid-sized town.

This day in history, April 30, 2017

Today is Sunday, April 30, the 120th day of 2017. There are 245 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On April 30, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a resolution officially confirming the name of Hoover Dam, which had also come to be known as "Boulder Dam."

On this date:

Marchers demand action on climate change

CHAMPAIGN — Environmentalists slammed politicians at a climate rally Saturday.

It was weather, a flash flood watch, not climate, that forced several groups to change their plans from a march at West Side Park to an indoor event at Champaign's Grace Lutheran Church.

After the speakers, there was a smaller march.

UPDATED: rain, flood advisories in effect this weekend

New 4/29/17 7 p.m.:

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for central Coles, northern Edgar, Vermilion, eastern Champaign, and eastern Douglas counties until 7:45. p.m.

New 4/29/17 6:51 p.m.:

A flash flood warning has been issued Edgar, Piatt, Vermilion, Champaign, and Douglas counties until 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids

The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and ProCamps put on a Football Camp for children 9-13, with the help of University of Illinois Football players and coaches. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Irwin Indoor Football Facility.