Mardi Gras marred as 3 killed, 5 wounded in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A festive close to Mardi Gras was marred by shootings across New Orleans that left three people dead and five others wounded.

The first two shootings happened in the afternoon, when fights broke out near the traditional parade route.

Tom Kacich: It's a red-tape 'fiasco'

Anyone who remembers Stan James' tirades on the Champaign County Board about red tape and government inefficiency will find this ironic: The Rantoul Republican wants to retire but isn't sure he can because he's stuck in bureaucratic hell over the question of his U.S. citizenship.

Feinen being honored for efforts both personal and professional

CHAMPAIGN — She may be most well-recognized as Champaign's mayor.

Less well-known about Deb Frank Feinen, perhaps, is that she's also a go-to lawyer for heart-wrenching guardianship cases and she makes it a high priority to help foster tomorrow's female leaders.

Meg Makes: Turning a treat into a portable breakfast

Breakfast comes with many options, but I can't think of many I like more than monkey bread. It's generally yeast dough cut into bite-sized pieces, then dipped in a cinnamon-sugar mix and baked in a Bundt pan. The sugar caramelizes in the oven, transforming it into a sweet, crunchy pull-apart treat.

Illinois Ancestors: New book provides info on Scottish Jacobites

The supporters of James Stuart, the king of Scotland, England and Ireland who abandoned his throne in 1689, were called Jacobites and were persecuted because of their military actions.

My Amish Home: Enjoying nature's early-morning snow show

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in the heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Area history, Feb. 14, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 14, 2018 (w/ video)

ANITA PILARSKI expected to walk out on the court with her 17-year-old son, JOEL, at Friday's Senior Night at Rantoul Township High.

Joel the loyal manager, not Joel the starting guard.

This day in history, Feb. 14, 2018

Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2018. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day.

Today's highlights

Ebo in line for minutes after solid new year

CHAMPAIGN —The first half of January doubled as one long breakout moment for Illinois’ Greg Eboigbodin.