Play inspired by UI grad's book to be presented in Chicago

Best-selling author Iris Chang continues to inspire other writers even after, or maybe because of, her suicide four years ago.

Last year saw the release of a book on Chang, written by a friend who had been a classmate of hers at the University of Illinois, and a feature-length documentary by a pair of Toronto-based filmmakers.

Reynolds Towing Service has room for growth

URBANA – Reynolds Towing Service has moved into the former Premium Brands building in Urbana, freeing up lots of space for the 28-year-old business.

Reynolds vacated its former 9,000-square-foot building at 210 W. University Ave., C, to take over 44,000 square feet at the new location.

It's Your Business: Retailers spread word that downtown Champaign still open

Hey holiday shoppers: The downtown Champaign retailers clustered on a section of North Neil Street that was closed after a Nov. 7 fire have a message for you.


Through the lens: Photographer documents life on Illinois River

CHAMPAIGN – A man rows on the Illinois River at dawn, bathed in orange light.

Another, adventurer Steven Antonacci, kayaks across jagged ice covering the river, heading to his home near Chillicothe.

UI group compiles gift guide for children's books

The University of Illinois has published a guide for shoppers in the market for children's books.

Beyond classics such as "The Little Engine that Could," or well-known books such as the "Harry Potter" series, what else is out there?

Woman removed from car after crash in bank lot

URBANA – An Urbana woman had to be removed from her car Saturday morning after she pushed the wrong pedal and drove her car up on its left side in a bank parking lot.

Frieda M. Humes, 79, was westbound at about 11 a.m. Saturday on Elm Street when she entered the parking lot at Busey Bank, 206 W. Elm St., and stopped. She then backed out of the lot and continued west on Elm Street, when she abruptly accelerated and turned toward an unoccupied car in the bank's parking lot, according to an Urbana police report.

Champaign fire lieutenant gives students hands-on training

CHAMPAIGN – Earlier this month, on a chilly, windy and dark Thursday evening – during a burst of snow flurries, no less – a group of teenagers tended to a patient stuck on a roof.

It was a mock exercise, really, and the patient was actually a mannequin, and the mannequin wasn't placed on a high-pitched roof but behind Fire Station No. 5. Still, the students worked to "package the patient," strapping the mannequin to a backboard and placing it in a basket of sorts to prevent it from falling out while being taken down a ladder.

Families have yet to come to grips with fatal crash

OAKWOOD – Tim Stewart is not looking forward to Christmas.

He says all the happiness went out of his life July 26, when his pregnant daughter and son-in-law died in an accident that he witnessed.

Police investigate Saturday night shooting in north Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are investigating reports of several shots fired in the 1300 block of North Walnut Street.

Police were notified of a fight in the area late Saturday night when several gunshots were heard.

Bill would make issuing subpoenas easier for lawyers

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would make it easier for lawyers to issue subpoenas is headed to the governor.

A subpoena is a court order commanding a person to appear at a certain place and time to give testimony.