Jim Dey: So-far-peaceful Democratic primary bound to get rough

It's pretty clear what the Democratic candidates for governor of Illinois think of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

They think he's a scurvy dog, a low-down polecat and a lot of other ugly appellations that ought not be included in a family newspaper. Worst of all, they know the Republican incumbent has a job they want — the nerve of the guy.

Champaign police chief shuffles veteran deputies to cross-train them

CHAMPAIGN — A shuffling of veteran employees among the ranks of administrators at the Champaign Police Department is intended to prepare for the future, according to the department's leader.

Chief Anthony Cobb announced that he has promoted Lt. Dave Shaffer, who has overseen the investigations division for three years, to deputy chief.

At Danville schools, a robot's touch opens doors of communication

DANVILLE — This year, Michelle Craig has a student with autism who never makes eye contact with her or other adults.

"When you talk to her, she always looks down at the ground," said Craig, a special-education teacher at Mark Denman Elementary and a life skills teacher for 3-5 students.

That changed last week when the little girl met Milo.

Best-selling author's own story is also a page-turner

When best-selling author JAMIE FORD appears at the Champaign Public Library today as part of its "Great Authors at the Library" series, it will be before a packed house.

"We're sold out," promotions manager Evelyn Shapiro said of the free event, which will be held in a 120-seat room. "And we've got dozens of people on the waiting list."

Parkland trustees approve 10 percent tax-levy increase

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College board members Wednesday night approved a $26.375 million property-tax levy that is almost 10 percent greater than the current year's but is still expected to result in a slight tax-rate decrease for property owners.

Electric trucks are emerging but have a long haul ahead

DETROIT — Electric trucks are having a moment in the spotlight, but they won't replace diesel-powered trucks until they overcome costs and other limitations.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 16, 2017

Of course GARY McCULLOUGH will be behind the mic for what locals are touting as the biggest sporting event to take place in Gibson City.

This day in history, Nov. 16, 2017

Today is Thursday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2017. There are 45 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Nov. 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union.

On this date

In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution.

In 1885, Canadian rebel leader Louis Riel was executed for high treason.

Spurlock Museum's 'Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150'

Some of the items that make up the exhibit 'Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150' at Spurlock Museum in Urbana.

Area history, Nov. 16, 2017

Today is Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, a young pilot at Chanute Field was seriously hurt when the engine of his plane stopped as he was performing a spiral at a height of about 300 feet. The pilot's father, Charles D. Johnson, had been called to be with him as his recovery was very much in doubt.