Radio station manager embarks on 27th pilgrimage to Israel

He has so many Israel stamps on his passport that the customs agents there almost always ask Mark Burns if he's a citizen.

And his accompanying blood-donor card — showing eight donations in the country — does nothing to offer clarity.

"They're intrigued. They wonder: Why this tourist is donating blood there?" Burns said. "I leave that in there intentionally."

Clinton man facing meth-related charges

CLINTON — A Clinton man is in the DeWitt County jail on drug-related charges following his arrest Wednesday.

A release from the Illinois State Police said Richard A.P. Gharrett, 32, was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a Class 2 felony.

If convicted, he faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

Balloons over Vermilion putting kids to work

DANVILLE — When Jessica Alyea's students at Northeast Elementary Magnet School in Danville learned they would be getting more homework this year, they cheered.

Lot for sale even as county, owner wrangle over taxes

CHAMPAIGN — A legal dispute between the county and the owner of a weedy, fenced-in property at a major Interstate 74 gateway into Champaign is awaiting a resolution by an appellate court.

Meanwhile, this 4-acre piece of ground at 1505 N. Neil St. is sporting a new red for-sale sign and a $1.7 million price tag.

Ranking puts UI in top 10 of colleges most reliant on TAs

URBANA — Nearly one-fifth of all undergraduate courses at the University of Illinois are taught primarily by a teaching assistant, one of the highest percentages in the country in a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

However, the percentage has been on the decline for a decade, according to UI data.

Apple's new HQ will have theater named for Jobs

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple has announced that its new headquarters will open for employees in the spring and will include a theater named for its late co-founder, Steve Jobs.

Rantoul check forger free until sentencing

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted taking part in a series of illegal financial transactions that deprived people of thousands of dollars faces the possibility of going to prison.

Over the objection of a prosecutor, Judge Roger Webber agreed to release Brandon Jackson, 30, of the 1500 block of South Pointe Drive from jail while he's awaiting his March 31 sentence.

Just 1 Question: Coding at Kenwood Elementary

The kids at Kenwood Elementary want to teach you how to code.

This day in history, Feb. 23, 2017

Today is Thursday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2017. There are 311 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Feb. 23, 1942, the first shelling of the U.S. mainland during World War II occurred as a Japanese submarine fired on an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, Calif., causing little damage.

On this date:

Residents like what they see at MCORE open house

CHAMPAIGN — Residents got a sneak peek Wednesday at how $44 million in renovations will affect them during and after construction of the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement project, much of which is scheduled to be completed by late fall 2018.