As federal farm bill moves to full House, some locals none too pleased

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, says he couldn't be happier to see the farm bill out of committee.

But there are other central Illinoisans none too pleased that the legislation is being considered at all.

The Reluctant Townie | A buyer's guide to potato chips

Happy 4/22, y'all! Today is the day true vape kings and queens emerge from the fog long enough to realize they forgot to properly observe their 4/20 holiday. This week, we'll be raising a grape-flavored White Owl in their honor with a comprehensive buyer's guide to potato chips, that will also examine what your chip preferences say about your inner truth.

Entertainment listings, April 19-26, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


What: Amish handcrafted quilts, competition, exhibit and auction quilts, quilt vendors with materials and supplies. Quilts are displayed every day. Quilt auction on Saturday. Quilt classes, quilt/needlecraft and other vendors at the show itself and other displays downtown in the Gazebo Annex.

My Amish Home | Hoping this week's sunshine is here to stay

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Meg Makes | A quick fix for time-consuming caramel icing

My husband and I have been enjoying caramel flavors lately, so this year for his birthday, I decided he needed to have some caramel flavors in his cake.

I found lots of caramel-icing recipes that call for cooking a sugar mixture for an hour and a half. I'm sure they make delicious cake, but I didn't have time for that.

Today's Special | New truck launches with free food for homeless

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man is launching his new food truck today by providing free food to the homeless of Champaign-Urbana.

Erasmus Diaz, 35, has started up Hunger Force Mobile Kitchen LLC.

Diaz said he has lots of experience in the restaurant industry and decided it was time for him to have his own food truck.

Two large volunteer efforts both set Saturday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Two large volunteer efforts are scheduled Saturday at Centennial High School and Memorial Stadium.

Centennial is ground zero for Austin's Day, started in honor of graduate Austin Cloyd, who was a victim of the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Champaign Rotary and Centennial Interact are organizing the event; Miss Cloyd had been a member of Centennial Interact.

Entertainment listings, April 12-19, 2018


This weekend


First retail tenant at Carle at the Fields: El Toro restaurant

Champaign mayor Deb Feinen talks development Thursday at 7:40 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Green Street Realty announced Wednesday that it has signed Mexican restaurant El Toro as the first retail tenant to join the Carle at the Fields development in southwest Champaign.

My Amish Home | Into spring and back to winter in a few days

"Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.