ARCOLA — Roll into Arcola on a Friday night and you'll see an abandoned downtown decked out in Purple Riders gear.
Businesses are closed, people aren't out on the street and lights are out. If it weren't for the shine of big dome lights off in the distance and the roar of a pumped-up crowd, you'd think the place was deserted.
Today is Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
Today is Friday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2014. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween.
Today's Highlight in History:
Want to save some money on your Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon entry fee? Might want to jog over to your computer today and sign up.
The current fees for the April 23-25 races go up by $5 at midnight today.
My family of procrastinators will probably wait until April, when the fees go up $20 per race.
MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.
RANTOUL — Ashley Williams held back tears as she hid behind an outhouse at Hardy's Reindeer Ranch, waiting to surprise her 8-year-old daughter, Destiny.
The 28-year-old Williams, a U.S. Army Reserves specialist, had just returned to the U.S. from a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. But her daughter didn't know that — yet.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
CHAMPAIGN — Sonnet Henderson is, in many ways, a typical teenage girl. She likes playing and listening to music, riding horses and being a member of her lacrosse team.
At the same time, not many high school seniors can claim to have "been reading (French philosopher Jean-Paul) Sartre since I was a freshman" or aspire to be a chess grand master.
This week, bassist George Gekas talks with Paul Wood about his band, the Revivalists. You can check out the band at youtu.be/ePNmmmLof_4, then can catch them live at 9 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U.
RANTOUL — What is it in our nature that we pay to be frightened, to have grisly things jump out at us, loud noises unsettle us, strange sights creep us out?
You'd think we'd pay NOT to have that happen.
If some guy jumped out at me in my house, I'm not sure whether I'd punch him or just go with the heart attack.