Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2017

EARL FINDER was recognized at Friday's 75th anniversary celebration of the Illini Union for his many years of service.

But Finder's ties to the UI landmark — finished in 1941 at a cost of $1.425 million — started well before he punched the clock first as a student employee (1944) and later as director (1960-76).

Top of the Morning, Feb. 16, 2017

Arcola’s rich offerings — the Lawn Rangers, the Broom Corn Festival, iPads in every classroom, Raggedy Ann and Andy, the Ghere brothers, Purple Riders athletics, etc. — gave WEIU-TV plenty to work with for its popular “This Is Our Story” series.

High School Confidential: Week 20

On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:

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Top of the Morning, Feb. 15, 2017

On Jan. 19, members of the Lions Club screened 15 children for vision disorders inside a Champaign Head Start classroom. It was the kickoff to a yearlong project with the goal of testing every Head Start student in Champaign County.

"We think we could have a major impact on the community," Lions Club member Jay Hoeflinger said.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 14, 2017

Our "High School Confidential" correspondent from Blue Ridge — KYLE MOUBRIE — graduated in December and is taking classes at Parkland College.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 12, 2017

St. Joseph-Ogden High School Principal Gary Page didn't pony up for a T-shirt bearing his likeness and go-to phrase "Be Excellent." But his family sure did.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 11, 2017

When I asked RACHEL SCHROEDER if she would win a free-throw contest involving today's Parkland College Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, she was quick to answer "No."

Schroeder played basketball at Unity High (Class of '63), but times were different then.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 9, 2017

It figures that National Crossing Guard Appreciation Day was a snowy mess.

"Doesn't matter what the weather is outside," 79-year-old SEMYON SLAVIN said in his thick Russian accent. "Children in, children out."

High School Confidential: Week 19

On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:

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Top of the Morning, Feb. 8, 2017

Twenty-six seniors from area high schools will honored at Friday's Good Citizen Award program at Champaign Country Club (details, below), where former University of Illinois President Bob Easter will address the gaggle of teenage do-gooders. Here's one star student's story: