Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Aug. 31, 2017

Labor Day weekend typically offers the high school crowd an early break in the new school year.

But the kids at tiny Milford High in Iroquois County don't need one. That's because they haven't even started school yet.

"I haven't discovered a student who is against an extended summer vacation," said Principal STEVE TOTHEROH said.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2017

The many volunteers and supporters involved in the Idea Garden's Accessibility Project will be recognized at Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Urbana.

As rewarding as that will be, messages like the one delivered by ELLEN CUNNINGTON pack more punch.

BTN turns 10

Today, the Big Ten Network celebrates its 10th anniversary. In this week's podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited,' Dave Revsine tells of the moment when Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gave the project the green light.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 29, 2017

Amazingly, the photo at right took less than 10 minutes Saturday to pull off (click on it to see a slightly larger version).

"They're engineering students," said photographer and commercial drone operator DARRELL HOEMANN. "They take directions."

Top of the Morning, Aug. 27, 2017

Today in Springfield, Tim Newman will be inducted into the Illinois National Guard Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

It's a big deal even if the 38-year-old Fisher man is a bit hesitant to beat his chest.

"A pebble in the pond," is how he put it.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 26, 2017

This week, Habitat for Humanity celebrated 25 years of service in Champaign County with completion of its 100th house. The success of the program in large part is due to volunteers like DAVE JOHNSON.

It's a good thing Johnson, of Champaign, knows how to use a camera.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 24, 2017

On Monday's front page, we asked in big, bold type where you'd be at the peak of the solar eclipse (1:20 p.m.).

BARBARA LILLYMAN showed us where, sending this tweet:

Mixing golf and politics

Illini senior Dylan Meyer is headed to the PGA. Or maybe the White House.

He's talented in both golf and politics and talks about both of his passions in this week's 25-minute podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited.'


Top of the Morning, Aug. 23, 2017

Donated to Bottenfield Elementary School in 2016, a century-old, cast-iron school bell was put to use for the first time Monday.

MARY PORTER, whose family owned Champaign's one-room Porter Schoolhouse in the 1800s before it burned down, did the honors as part of the school's traditional flag ceremony.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 22, 2017

Oakwood High's CAMERON LEE has a lot of people rooting him on in his pursuit of an NFL dream.

A rookie offensive lineman with the Bengals, Lee played in front of more than a dozen family and friends at last weekend's game against the Chiefs in Cincinnati. Afterward, the Lees gathered at Hotel Covington on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River.