This day in history, April 23, 2018

Today is Monday, April 23, the 113th day of 2018. There are 252 days left in the year.

Today's highlights

Those Who Served | Coder's view of Vietnam was top secret

CHAMPAIGN — Steven Morenz, a top-secret coder during the Vietnam War, just came back from a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.

He saw the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as the Iwo Jima statue and Arlington Cemetery.

"I knew a few people on the wall," he said.

A recent count put the total of those who gave all at 58,318 names.

Top of the Morning, April 23, 2018

Though our online comments are gone, reader engagement lives on, as evidenced by the reaction to a recent missive from one of them.

Autopsy: Injuries sustained in car crash caused man's death

URBANA — Preliminary information from an autopsy conducted over the weekend indicates that traumatic injuries caused the death of a Newman man.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said an autopsy was performed Saturday in Urbana for Clayton P. Garwood, 44, who listed an address in Newman.

Crash reported near Oakwood

OAKWOOD - State police report that they and Vermilion County deputies are headed to a reported crash on westbound Interstate 74 near Oakwood.

Preliminary information indicates there may be injuries.

Data show harassment reporting on the rise at UI

URBANA — Sexual misconduct cases against employees at the University of Illinois have risen dramatically over the last two years, likely prompted by the burgeoning #MeToo movement, mandatory employee training and a new online portal that makes it easier to file complaints, officials say.

Earth Day Big 10: Experts offer planet prognosis

We'd wish you a happy Earth Day but as you'll see below, not everyone is in a merry mood about the future of our planet. We asked the experts: On a scale of 1 to 10 — with 1 being 'no worries' and 10 being 'utterly terrified' — how concerned are you about what's to come?

Economics have farmers making soybean switch

CHAMPAIGN — In 1924, just 115,000 acres of soybeans were planted in Illinois, compared with 8 million acres of corn.

Nearly a century later, Illinois is the top soybean-producing state in the country, with 10.6 million acres expected to be planted this year, nearly as many as the number of corn acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ebertfest Day 4 | 'Twenty more years!'

CHAMPAIGN — Two issues concerning the future of Roger Ebert's Film Festival were resolved by popular vote Saturday at the Virginia Theatre.

Chaz Ebert raised both questions before the start of the morning's screening of director Ava DuVernay's hard-hitting documentary "13th."

"How much longer can we go on?" she pondered out loud from the podium.

Building permits, April 22, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Menold Construction and Restoration, repair work at single-family residence at 716 W. Hill St., $58,442.