Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, April 9, 2016

A scouting report on a first-of-its-kind concert — Farm Aid Lite? — coming to Grange Grove on June 17:

— Neither Styx nor Cheap Trick will be turning Lovie Smith's office into a Green Room. But the rockers will use some part of Memorial Stadium to get ready for their 7:30 p.m. outdoor concert.

Cheap Trick, Styx to play Grange Grove

Rockers Cheap Trick and Styx will perform at Grange Grove outside Memorial Stadium on June 17.

Tickets go on sale April 15 for $50 and $37 and available on the day of the show for $56 and $43. 

Cheap Trick is part of the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. The induction ceremony takes place tonight in Brooklyn.

Top of the morning, April 7, 2016

One of the highlights at this weekend's 12th Festival of Quilts took six women, 10 months and plenty of inspiration to pull off.

"Changing Light" isn't up for auction but definitely worth a look at the Spiritual Life Center at Cunningham Children's Home. Made up of 19 panels stretching nearly 13 feet wide, it's easy to spot.

Top of the morning, April 6, 2016

On Wednesdays, we spotlight kids doing good things in Younger Generation. Something to get you there

Top of the morning, April 5, 2016

Online updates ...

— Mike Howie's popular "Where Am I?" video returned Monday after a winter break.

Top of the morning, April 3, 2016

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In 2004, the very first ChessFest drew 26 students to an Urbana elementary school classroom.

Today, it requires a Champaign middle school cafeteria to squeeze in all the K-8 contestants (above).

Top of the morning, April 2, 2016

There's a perk to attending today's 7 p.m. showing of "Sweet Smell of Success" — part of The News-Gazette Film Series — at the Virginia Theatre.

Top of the morning, March 31, 2016

Less than three weeks after getting the trophy, St. Joseph-Ogden's state-championship boys' basketball team got its road sign.

Personnel from the Illinois Department of Transportation went to work Wednesday morning on the outskirts of St. Joseph, installing the tribute to the Spartans — and state runner-up wrestler Wesley Kibler — west of town along U.S. 150.

Top of the morning, March 30, 2016

The view from James Sizemore's office on Monday was spectacular.

The 34-year-old from Roanoke was perched atop the WDWS/WHMS/WKIO radio tower off South Neil in Champaign — more than 400 feet off the ground — when he used his cellphone to snap a series of pictures.

"Just another day at the office," he said. "I have an amazing job."

Top of the morning, March 29, 2016

A month out from the eighth Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, here's what we know:

— I'm happy to announce The News-Gazette will again publish a 20-page special section on Sunday, May 1, that will include the name of everyone who crosses the finish line in any of the many races. Weather, if you remember, cut short last year's race.