Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the morning, Jan. 21, 2016

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played Chicago's United Center on Tuesday. I gave Champaign's Bob Healy, who attended with wife Julie, a homework assignment: review the three-hour-plus, 33-song concert.

Healy has a history with the Boss. As a freshman at the UI, he was at Springsteen's Assembly Hall gig in February 1980. He also saw him in '84 in Rosemont.

Top of the morning, Jan. 20, 2016

John Dimit's annual bus trek to the mountains of Colorado does a lot of good for a lot of people.

Himself included.

"Bottom line," the longtime Urbana school board president said, "is that I love to ski."

Top of the morning, Jan. 19, 2016

Julie Gunn joked that she recently joined Twitter "to spy on my kids."

Last week the director of UI's Lyric Theatre Studies helped us reach another social media milestone when she become our 22,000th follower (@news_gazette).

Bin fails at Andersons; no injuries

CHAMPAIGN — A grain storage bin at The Andersons facility failed overnight Sunday, corn spilling out when a wall split.

Workers at the elevators at 3515 County Rd 800 E. discovered the accident when they reported Monday morning.

Top of the morning, Jan. 17, 2016

Not only was the weather fantastic for Tyla Zimmerman’s first solo crack at piloting a plane, the flight plan wasn’t bad, either.

Top of the morning, Jan. 16, 2016

What started as small talk at an Illinois football tailgate last fall wound up as a goodwill adventure to Haiti for Champaign's Dan Tappendorf.

Top of the morning, Jan. 14, 2016

Bob Furtney's annual contribution to 143-year-old Mount Vernon United Methodist doesn't fit in a collection plate. The Champaign farmer donates 10-12 mature pigs to make possible one of the area's longest-running events of its kind, Saturday's 48th Annual Pancake and Sausage Day Extravaganza (8 a.m. start).

Top of the morning, Jan. 13, 2016

On Wednesdays, we spotlight area do-gooders in Neighbors. Something to get you there:

The last time John Kenneth Young missed a St. Joseph-Ogden High boys' basketball game, it was because of work.

That was in 1975.

Top of the morning, Jan. 12, 2016

Some weekend basketball leftovers ...

— Finishing a close second to John Groce's Illini on Sunday in terms of excitement was the halftime act, which had State Farm Center buzzing.

The Firecrackers are an energized rope-jumping outfit based in Kings Mill, Ohio, made up of girls in grades 3-8. They worked halftime of Wisconsin's game on Saturday before traveling to C-U.

Top of the morning, Jan. 10, 2016

That really was a Clydesdale hitched outside Huber’s, a popular pub on a busy street in Champaign, in the days leading up to Christmas.