Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, May 17, 2015

In a single weekend, the Rev. Clarence Buchanan is going to celebrate a wedding anniversary, host a family reunion and throw a retirement party.

Then the 74-year-old with 54 years in the ministry probably is going to nap.

"That sounds good," he said. "It's going to be jam-packed with activities."

Top of the Morning, May 16, 2015

Colin Mills and Dane Kurth were the first to approach the counter minutes after Champaign's Black Dog opened at 11 a.m. Friday.

Not by design.

The local attorneys usually drive from their Champaign office to Black Dog in Urbana on Fridays. "We have it down to a science," Mills said. "We know exactly how long it takes."

Black Dog in Champaign open for business

The first carryout order — a brisket sandwich with Texas sauce, cole slaw and fries  — has crossed the counter at Black Dog in Champaign.

The popular C-U barbecue joint opened its second location at 11 a.m. today — just in time for graduation weekend at the University of Illinois.

Top of the Morning, May 13, 2015

— Prep work is under way at Memorial Stadium for Saturday's UI commencement. Whether weather cooperates remains to be seen.

The latest forecast from our meteoroligist Greg Soulje isn't promising: 69 degrees at 9:30 a.m. with a 50 percent chance of rain.

"Considerable cloudiness," Soulje said. "Scattered showers and thunderstorms forenoon and afternoon."

Illini's take on Wrigley's new bleachers

Former Orange Krush president and UI grad Ryan Gant spent Monday night in Wrigley Field’s left field bleachers, which were open for the first time. Here’s his take:


Faces of the fall, winter and spring

Each school year, we extend invitations to the best and brightest high school student-athletes for Picture Days at The News-Gazette. Each school year, we're amazed by the response.

Top of the morning, May 12, 2015

Watching our SCOTT RICHEY's video of BRUCE RAUNER's ceremonial pitch before Sunday's Illinois-Rutgers college baseball game — available at IlliniHQ.com — it's clear the governor has an arm.

Top of the morning, May 10, 2015

Until a few weeks ago, Champaign's KRISTA PETERSON figured she'd spend July 4th like she always does, hanging with friends and her kids, TAYLEN and KIERYN, "sweating through the parade and getting eaten by skeeters at the fireworks."

Top of the morning, May 9, 2015

As a 19-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Band, Master Gunnery Sgt. John Mula has played his clarinet for three presidents.

Yet it was last week's appearance on David Letterman that had the '81 Monticello High and '86 University of Illinois grad shaking in his Dinkles.

Top of the morning, May 7, 2015

— I had the pleasure to interact with a lively Monticello Rotary crowd Wednesday. My next stop: Arthur in early June.

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