Entertainment listings, July 5-12, 2018


This weekend


What: Block party fun. Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof and many more activities.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 6.

Where: Johnston Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

Tom Kacich | Gov. Rauner's words bolster nagging fears about DPI

Editor's note: An earlier version of this column included an incorrect ranking for the UI's College of Engineering. U.S. News & World Report ranks the UI's overall graduate program ninth nationally, not 11th, as it appeared in a quote in the original story.

Area unions focusing on outreach in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Area union leaders weren't caught by surprise by Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling scrapping the ability of public unions to collect "fair-share fees" from nonmembers.

Jim Dey | Supreme Court's Janus ruling puts onus on unions to recruit

The U.S. Supreme Court's Janus v. AFSCME decision was hot off the presses Wednesday when a passel of press releases from union officials and Democratic officeholders started pouring in.

The tsunami represented an "outrage" Olympics of sorts, each commenter grasping for words that came closest to a primal scream.

Entertainment listings, June 28-July 5, 2018


This weekend


What: Highlights include Western Horse Show, a queen pageant, talent show, Little Mr. and Miss Pageant, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, C-Bar rodeo, petting zoo, carnival, a variety of livestock shows, food and more. Friday night concert features Travis Tritt with Craig Campbell and Jordan Davis.

When: June 28-30.

Report: Fewer teens work during summer, but beginners still reap benefits

It was during the hot summer months years ago in central Illinois when a then-14-year-old Ashlee Rhodes received her first paycheck.

She was working as a corn detasseler. The job wasn't exactly glamorous, she said, but she learned valuable lessons — ones that eventually helped her rise to become the store manager at one of Champaign's landmarks, Jarling's Custard Cup.

Tom Kacich | Many in Clinton again view Walmart as villain

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When Walmart opened a store in Clinton in 1983, it marked the beginning of a wave of big box retail in central Illinois and accelerated the demise of the traditional downtown business districts.

Unemployment rate down again in May in area, statewide

The unemployment rate continued to drop in May compared with a year ago in Champaign and Vermilion counties, and around the state.

In Champaign County, the rate reached 3.6 percent last month, down from 3.8 percent a year ago. In Vermilion County, the rate dropped from 5.7 to 5.1 percent.

Entertainment listings, June 21-28, 2018


This weekend


What: Fair features queen pageant, exhibits, dirt track racing, motocross, truck and tractor pull demo derby, livestock, carnival food and more.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. June 21-24.

Where: Fairgrounds, 1180 East Road, Oakwood.

Cost: Single day pass, $6; family 4 pack bundle, $20; weekly admission pass, $26.

Ruling due on Illinois-based Supreme Court case on union 'fair-share fees'

A Supreme Court case that began in Illinois could be decided as early as today — and may deal a crippling blow to public-sector unions.