Area history, Aug. 13, 2018

Today is Monday, Aug. 18, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, a Tolono bootlegger was arrested after he allegedly bit his wife in the arm and struck a blackjack over her head, knocking her unconscious.

Getting Personal: Tori Exum

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Urbana resident Tori Exum, the senior manager for extra services at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. She has had many other roles, from the Optimist Club to public service to being a mom to lots of children.

Are you still a troop leader with the Girl Scouts?

Illinois Bicentennial | Springfield's deadly race riots

(Springfield) State Journal-Register

One of the pre-eminent civil-rights organizations was born from one of the worst moments in Springfield's history.

Rich Warren | Today's TVs still have limitations

In my youth, our 23-inch TV screen looked huge. Even the 16-inch screen in my bedroom seemed substantial. The maximum home TV screen size settled at 25 inches for decades.

Plaques preserving history of businesses that raised Monticello's profile

MONTICELLO — A significant portion of Monticello's rich history can be traced to its historic downtown buildings, most of which date back a century and more.

The city's Historic Preservation Commission is trying to bring some of the structures' stories back to life with plaques that outline just what businesses resided in those majestic edifices.

The Way We Were: Crystal Lake Park

Crystal Lake Park has served canoeists, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, walkers and fishing fans — and too many geese — in its greenish waters. It became Urbana's first public park in 1907.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Aug. 12, 2018

Just when the August lull starts giving me the idea that summer is packing its bags, along comes Taste of C-U — this Friday and Saturday in Champaign's West Side Park — to make everything all summer again.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 12, 2018

Picking up where we left off last week: We asked 10 more local educators who've taught eighth grade to share a story about their own experience during that oft-awkward stage of adolescence.

Wired In: Mrinaal Mittal

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet MRINAAL MITTAL, a University of Illinois senior pursuing degrees in computer science and innovation, leadership and engineering entrepreneurship, with minors in business and South Asian studies, and who has already created several startups.

Area history, Aug. 12, 2018

Today is Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the Champaign City Council decided to make Taylor Street one-way between Neil and Walnut streets and to allow parking on both sides of the street.