Google lavishes chairman with $109 million pay package

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google paid its billionaire Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt nearly $109 million last year while the company's stock slumped.

Lieutenant governor rewards Barkstall students' letters with visit

CHAMPAIGN — Vice President Joe Biden was not the only second-in-command politician to visit Champaign on Thursday.

After receiving copious letters from Barkstall Elementary School teacher Teresa Ellis' third-grade class requesting a visit, state Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti decided to drop by the school this week.

Financial woes grounding Chanute Air Museum by year's end

RANTOUL — One of the last signs that Rantoul once had an Air Force base will vanish at the end of this year.

Chanute Air Museum, which has operated in the community since the spring of 1994 — just months after the closure of the base the previous fall — will close Dec. 30.

"This was not an easy decision for anybody," said Nancy Kobel, air museum board president.

1968 Boston Marathon winner to give keynote address

BOSTON — Amby Burfoot spent Sunday afternoon resting in his Boston hotel room. It was his lone moment of respite during the typical busy weekend leading up to Patriots' Day and the Boston Marathon.

After a weekend of festivities hosted by marathon organizers and Runner's World, of which he is editor-at-large after spending 25 years as editor, Burfoot ran the race.

March unemployment numbers for C-U, Danville lowest since '08

The Champaign-Urbana and Danville metropolitan areas recorded their lowest March unemployment rates in seven years, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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Hangin' with Biden: 'Cool is an understatement'

URBANA — What's a visit to campus without an Alma Mater photo op?

Vice President Joe Biden detoured through Campustown on his way back to Willard Airport on Thursday to take pictures at the iconic University of Illinois statue.

Biden had seen photos of Alma decorated for his appearance today, and asked students about it as soon as he came on stage.

Marathoners running for their country

There are goals outside of winning the race for some runners in Saturday’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

In the men’s and women’s divisions of the full and half-marathons, there are pre-established times that will qualify elite runners for next year’s Olympic Trials.

“This race will just be a steppingstone,” said Shawna McClain Han, 32, of Broomfield, Colo.

Biden: 'This is within our power'

URBANA – University of Illinois junior Alyx Davidson couldn’t contain her excitement Thursday when Vice President Joe Biden walked on stage before his speech to hundreds of students on campus.

Jailed man charged with two Champaign bank robberies

URBANA — A Peoria man currently serving a prison sentence for robbing a bank in Peoria in May 2012 was arraigned Thursday on charges that he robbed two banks in Champaign that same month.