Jimmy John Liautaud part of Horatio Alger Association's Class of 2018

CHAMPAIGN — Sandwich-chain owner Jimmy John Liautaud overcame childhood adversities on his path to success, said an organization set to honor him next year.

Liautaud, the founder of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, has been selected to become a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Today's Special: Fast-casual pizza chain backed by LeBron coming to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A pizza chain that counts NBA superstar LeBron James and former NBC News anchor Maria Shriver among its investors is coming to Champaign's north side.

Blaze Pizza is under construction at 2506 N. Prospect Ave., in front of the Champaign Walmart.

Rotary's Cannon Grants put after-school program, food bank on the move

CHAMPAIGN — For the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center, the Champaign Rotary Club's Cannon Grant means a new bus, which will cut in half the number of trips needed to collect the after-school program's participants daily.

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.


Meg Makes: Beef makes for warm, flexible winter meal

Today's recipe comes from reader John-Paul Buzard. His father's recipe is a simple yet tried-and-true dish that's also flexible.

"It can be done in a slow cooker if one doesn't have the time to sit by the stove for four hours," Buzard said.

I'm all for recipes that are both simple and flexible, and this one is perfect for a warm winter meal.

My Amish Home: Multitasking gets harder and harder

"And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees; therefore, every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." Matthew 3:10-17

Today's Special: Asian Noodle & Sushi opens in former Yellowfin space

CHAMPAIGN — Jin Chen has owned the successful Dynasty Asian Cuisine restaurant on South Grand Avenue in Springfield for many years.

So when her son enrolled at the University of Illinois, Chen decided it was time to open a second eatery in Champaign.

Asian Noodle & Sushi opened Nov. 27 in the former Yellowfin Japanese Restaurant space at 305 Cedar St.

Oberweis brothers investing in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — After graduating from the University of Illinois, both of the Oberweis brothers have made it back to Champaign.

Joe Oberweis is bringing the namesake ice cream business to South Neil Street, with an opening expected in January.

Danville's Black Bear bar offering dinner, company for homeless on Christmas

DANVILLE — While most restaurants and taverns will be closed on Christmas, one local bar will open its doors to feed the homeless.

The Black Bear Bar & Grill, at 1902 W. Williams St., Danville, is hosting a free dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 25 for homeless people as well as those who will be alone on the holiday.

Long-vacant north Champaign bar reopening as pizza joint

CHAMPAIGN — After sitting empty for more than two years, the former Bradley's bar is almost ready to begin its new life as a pizza joint.

Rafters Draft & Dough, 1906 W. Bradley Ave., is set to open Dec. 26.