Illinois House committee OKs bill restricting energy-drink sales

SPRINGFIELD — A veteran state lawmaker said he's going to try again to ban the sale of energy drinks, such as Red Bull, to people under the age of 18.

But Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, told a House committee Wednesday that his legislation needs modifications.

"I'm going to hold this and try to negotiate with the industry to try to come to an agreement," Arroyo said.

Meg Makes: Everyone's a winner at chili cook-off

Whenever I judge a chili cook-off, my favorite part is guessing the ingredients that make each version special.

Today's recipes are my favorites from the University of Illinois Office of Admissions' cook-off last month. I tried to choose one, but couldn't — both were too good.

I suspected Shawn Hale's two-meat chili had beer in it, and the bacon was deliciously obvious.

My Amish Home: Ready to learn if I'm fully mobile again

"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Entertainment listings, March 2-9, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Family-friendly for everyone.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. March 3.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

More info: Email


Mexican restaurant opens in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Maria and Blake Adams had never operated their own restaurant before, so when they decided to open their doors for business for the first time over the lunch hour Sunday, they were well aware that everything might not go perfectly.

Meg Makes: Sometimes, it's best to keep it simple

This weekend, my husband cooked a simple but satisfying Sunday lunch.

The roast beef rub calls for common spices, but all together, they taste like something special. And even though I'm not crazy about garlic, I highly recommend it caramelized on Brussels sprouts.

These dishes are proof that simple food can be the best food.


My Amish Home: Looks like spring is springing up early

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow, for what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, 'If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.' Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:14-17

Today's Special: Urbana's Lindy Lu serving 'hot luck, cold libations'

URBANA — Popcorn, candy and beverages are on the menu at one of Urbana's newest businesses.

Lindy Lu's Place opened at 202 W. University Ave. on Feb. 14. Its slogan is "hot luck, cold libations."

Entertainment listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

My Amish Home: Warm weather has our plants confused

"And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken. The grass withereth and the flower fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever." Isaiah 40:5, 7-8