Entertainment listings, Dec. 14-21, 2017


This weekend


What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 14 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.


Danville school board approves slight decrease in property-tax levy

DANVILLE — The Danville school board on Wednesday approved a 2017 tax levy that has a slightly lower rate than last year's.

Under the proposal, the district will bring in about $18.82 million in property taxes, including bond and interest (about $2.28 million) — a decrease of about $77,127.

Jim Dey: For Champaign Central student, practice makes perfect on ACT

Near-perfection wasn't good enough for Caleb Patton.

"After I took the first ACT, I thought I was right there. So I said to myself, 'Why not try for it?'" the Champaign Central High School senior said, referring to his initial score of 35 on the American College Testing exam.

KAM's new video-centered exhibit highlights revolution

CHAMPAIGN — You say you want a revolution?

The Krannert Art Museum has a video-centered exhibition that includes works by contemporary artists and collectives Chto Delat', Tacita Dean, Coco Fusco, Jennifer Moon, Tameka Norris and The Propeller Group.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 14, 2017

The men of Pi Kappa Alpha could be studying for finals today.

Instead, about 100 members of the University of Illinois chapter of the fraternity will make the short drive to Champaign's Garden Hills Elementary School for the annual "Pike Presents," which "really brings everybody's mood up," said SHAWN LEMME, a UI senior from Inverness.

Local teachers anxious about loss of deduction for supplies in GOP tax bill

With Republicans in Congress rushing to pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut in time for Christmas, local teachers are wrapping up the semester, frequently taking papers home to grade and skipping meals.

Go figure, Dec. 13, 2017


Percentage of Cisco residents who serve as volunteer firefighters in the tiny Piatt County village.

Champaign deputy police chief briefs council on recent shootings

Hear from mayor Feinen Wednesday at 4:20 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Deputy Police Chief Troy Daniels said Tuesday that Friday's shooting outside Central High School appears to have stemmed from a conflict.

Danville High cancels more games in wake of Central shooting

DANVILLE — Danville schools Superintendent Alicia Geddis announced Tuesday that two more high school basketball games, this time against Urbana, are being postponed in the wake of the shooting after last Friday's boys game at Champaign Central High School.

Champaign school board OKs plans for Spalding Park renovations

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 is on its way to getting new baseball fields and tennis courts at Spalding Park.

On Monday night, the Champaign school board unanimously approved schematic designs for practice and competition fields, to be used by the Central High and Franklin Middle School teams, as well as additional tennis courts and a support building.