Frank's Faves: The Van Dyke file

Welcome home, Mr. Van Dyke. It's a jolly holiday with you ...

Danville's favorite son is returning home this weekend for a couple of Friday night events designed to launch the Dick Van Dyke Foundation's fundraising campaign that will work to restore his childhood home as well as provide scholarships for local students in the performing arts.

Top of the morning, June 23, 2016

When you flip on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5-FM during this year's Fourth of July fireworks show outside Memorial Stadium, make a toast to Champaign's Scott Wyatt.

Democrats disrupt House, stage protest over guns

MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

UI releases Whitman's contract

CHAMPAIGN — Annual compensation of up to $800,000, two courtesy cars and a $1 million buyout for leaving are among the highlights of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman's five-year contract, which was obtained by The News-Gazette on Wednesday.

Dad gets tattoo to match son's brain cancer surgery scar

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The father of a Kansas boy who was self-conscious about scarring following brain cancer surgery has got a tattoo that resembles his son's scar on the side of his head.

DACC finalist Brauer meets community

DANVILLE — Douglas Brauer's background includes a unique mix of academic and business experience — contract research; global manufacturing and engineering operations; teaching statistics, business, finance and engineering at Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley Community College and Lewis University; and serving as dean of workforce development and community services at Moraine Valley.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Political Graveyard site not what you think

The current presidential campaign is NOT referenced in the website Political Graveyard, in spite of its outward implications. Laurence Kestenbaum has single-handedly researched over 277,000 dead politicians and tells where they are buried. Founded in 1996, his website "is the Internet's most comprehensive free source for American political biography."

This day in history, June 22, 2016

Today is Wednesday, June 22, the 174th day of 2016.

There are 192 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On June 22, 1941, during World War II, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive invasion of the Soviet Union.

On this date:

A moving tribute

This morning, a five-day tribute to those who served in Vietnam kicks off with a procession through Champaign County. Here's more on "The Wall That Heals," a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in the nation's capital:


Meg Makes: Fresh tomatoes perfect for skewers

Given the opportunity, I would be happy to subsist entirely on garden tomatoes during the summer.

Others understandably like to accompany their tomatoes with other food, though. Tomatoes are an integral part of this recipe for Caprese salad skewers.

My friend Kelly Nykaza of Mahomet recently made them for a baby shower we attended.