AT&T launches annual anti-distracted-driving campaign at Danville High

DANVILLE — Last summer, Kenji Nakamura was on a road trip to Ohio with his mom and several friends when his mom almost ran off the road.

"She was on her phone," said the Danville High School sophomore, who remembers saying, "Are you kidding me?" and hearing his friends whisper, "We almost died!"

Champaign County Board votes to pay nursing home's insurance costs

URBANA — Champaign County Board members Tuesday night approved paying the county nursing home's full share of property and liability insurance for the year.

The board, meeting as a committee of the whole, approved the payment of $125,125 on a 16-4 vote, without discussion. Voting against the payment were Republicans Brooks Marsh, Jim Goss, Stan Harper and Bradley Clemmons.

Vermilion group calls on OSF, Blue Cross to settle differences

DANVILLE — A Vermilion County business group is urging OSF HealthCare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to settle their differences without further delay.

The lack of a contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield and OSF covering Danville's only hospital is having a huge impact on employer groups in the area, according to Vicki Haugen, president and CEO of Vermilion Advantage.

Teacher of the Week: Amy Martin

Meet AMY MARTIN, a preschool teacher at Rantoul's Head Start, whose signature move is going above and beyond with her classroom decor. This year, she custom-built a barn — in keeping with the class's farm theme — in one corner of her room.

Feinen being honored for efforts both personal and professional

CHAMPAIGN — She may be most well-recognized as Champaign's mayor.

Less well-known about Deb Frank Feinen, perhaps, is that she's also a go-to lawyer for heart-wrenching guardianship cases and she makes it a high priority to help foster tomorrow's female leaders.

Tom Kacich: It's a red-tape 'fiasco'

Anyone who remembers Stan James' tirades on the Champaign County Board about red tape and government inefficiency will find this ironic: The Rantoul Republican wants to retire but isn't sure he can because he's stuck in bureaucratic hell over the question of his U.S. citizenship.

Campus Conversation: B. Joseph White

University of Illinois President Emeritus B. Joseph White, a leadership expert and now a business professor, was Julie Wurth's guest for her first Campus Conversation podcast.

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 20

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 35 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and

This day in history, Feb. 14, 2018

Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2018. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day.

Today's highlights

Top of the Morning, Feb. 14, 2018 (w/ video)

ANITA PILARSKI expected to walk out on the court with her 17-year-old son, JOEL, at Friday's Senior Night at Rantoul Township High.

Joel the loyal manager, not Joel the starting guard.