Pilgrimage across Spain a journey of reflection

Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is not your typical vacation, but a pilgrimage across Spain with several points of origin all over Europe. It has been an important Christian pilgrimage for more than 1,000 years.

It's Your Business: New Champaign shop to feature vintage furniture

Downtown Champaign next month will have a new consignment shop that will feature vintage estate furniture and home accents.

Copasetic Consignments is moving into 41 E. University Ave., C, in the 1913 Illinois Traction Building, the long-ago headquarters of the regional electric rail line.

A year in, C-U native, her partner still love life on the road

It's been more than a year since Champaign-Urbana native Tara Alan and her partner, Tyler Kellen, embarked on a bicycling adventure across Europe and Asia. They're still cycling their way toward Malaysia while documenting their experiences on their website,

Getting Personal: Danville Police Cmdr. Jane McFadden

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?
I wake up at 5 a.m. and get ready for work (watch the news, eat, shower and leave for work).

What did you have for lunch today? Where? Who with?
I bought a 6-inch submarine sandwich from Subway and ate at my desk doing paperwork.

Five area credit unions get upgraded rating; one downgraded

One area credit union was downgraded and five were upgraded in the latest round of ratings by BauerFinancial, a private firm that analyzes banks and credit unions.

The Route 1 Credit Union in Paris was downgraded to 2 stars ("problematic") from 3 stars ("adequate"), based on data filed with regulators for the quarter that ended Dec. 31.

Ebert: 'Transforming' performances like that in 'Trucker' deserve better play, recognition

CHAMPAIGN – Every year the Academy Awards are announced, Roger Ebert feels underwhelmed by the small group of finalists, usually from movies that have grossed a lot at the box office.

Area residents are mulling options as emerald ash borer approaches

LODA – Residents of towns near where the emerald ash borer was discovered last month have varying reactions to the reality that the tree-eating pest has arrived.

Some, like gardening enthusiast and Loda resident Mary Dickinson, are applying pesticides to prevent the beetle's spread to ash trees on their properties.

Brother following in elder's bootsteps

VILLA GROVE – Greg and Bryan Ray have always been close as brothers, but after this summer they will share in the brotherhood of service to their country and the Marine Corps.

Ebert makes special point of presenting thumb-up to director of 'Synecdoche'

CHAMPAIGN – Calling Charlie Kaufman the most creative screenwriter of his generation, Roger Ebert made the unusual move on Friday night of coming onto the Virginia Theatre stage to introduce him and hand him his "Golden Thumb" award.

Schools making plans for sales tax money that will arrive starting in May

Sales tax money for school facilities has started flowing into the county, and plans for spending it are under way in area school districts.

The 1-cent countywide school facilities sales tax went into effect in January. It is expected to generate about $16 million to be divided among Champaign County's school districts, proportional to enrollment.