'The best things in my life have come out of being curious'

URBANA — Of all the life lessons Deb Reardanz has picked up from the older adults of Clark-Lindsey Village, she'll tell you the one that stands out the most is how important relationships are.

People who have formed connections with other people and are still willing to make a new friend at 90 are the happiest, she said.

North Ridge boys' basketball team looks to complete perfect season

DANVILLE — Ed Butler is scheduled to go under the knife this afternoon.

But he said not even outpatient surgery for carpel tunnel syndrome will keep him from watching North Ridge Middle School's undefeated eighth-grade boys' basketball team try to bring home the state title this evening.

Lawmakers find governor's budget address lacking

SPRINGFIELD — Although Gov. Bruce Rauner urged legislators Wednesday to pass a balanced budget with "reductions in the budget (that) need to be real — not smoke and mirrors," his budget book shows revenue of $32.7 billion and expenditures of $37.3 billion.

Baked chips, diet sodas 'guilt-free'? Pepsi thinks so

NEW YORK (AP) — What do Baked Lay's potato chips, Simply Tostitos chips and Diet Mountain Dew have in common? They're all "guilt-free," according to how PepsiCo categorizes them.

Champaign Central jazz band again a finalist in New York contest

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central High School's jazz band will once again head to New York in May to compete in the 22nd annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: No argument about her prowess

URBANA — Sitting over a cup of Joe at the downtown Flying Machine Coffee shop, Elisabeth Pollock laughs about the time she argued with her husband about having that gruesome leg injury he suffered in high school re-evaluated.

In short, Christian Ray, Pollock's husband of 10 years, insisted he was fine, though he took up his wife's advice.

Governor has conditions for Senate's budget 'grand bargain'

SPRINGFIELD — The long-shot "grand bargain" budget deal being negotiated by Democratic and Republican Senate leaders is still alive, senators said Wednesday.

Rauner says he'll propose MAP funding increase

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner addressed higher education very briefly in his budget address Wednesday.

Notes-Worthy: Imre Molnar

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with IMRE MOLNAR:

How long have you been the sound engineer for 90's Daughter and how did that begin?

Decatur woman hurt in rural Piatt County rollover

CISCO — A Decatur woman was hospitalized following a single-vehicle rollover crash Wednesday morning in rural Piatt County.

According to state police, Erica Clark, 24, of Decatur was driving a red 2000 Ford Ranger pickup truck east on Interstate 72 at 9:41 a.m. when one of her rear tires sustained damage at mile marker 157 in rural Cisco.