State pension funding hits record shortfall, report finds

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A public employee pension crisis for state governments has deepened to a record level even after nearly nine years of economic recovery for the nation, according to a study released Thursday, leaving many states especially vulnerable if the economy hits a downturn.

In opioid epidemic, some cities strain to afford antidote

BALTIMORE (AP) — On a Baltimore street corner, public health workers hand out a life-saving overdose antidote to residents painfully familiar with the ravages of America's opioid epidemic. But the training wraps up quickly; all the naloxone inhalers are claimed within 20 minutes.

Entertainment listings, April 12-19, 2018


This weekend


Reynolds siblings to be honored for taking community in tow

URBANA — They earn their bread and butter towing everything from motorcycles to huge semitrailer trucks. But it's largely a track record for generosity to the community bringing the brother-sister team at Reynolds Towing Service honors from the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation this week.

'Sesame Street' actor to speak, sign books at I Hotel

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois Public Media is hosting Emmy award-winning actress, TV writer and book author Sonia Manzano — best known for her portrayal as Maria on "Sesame Street" for 44 years — on Thursday at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

Woman behind Boneyard Arts Festival's signature image finds inspiration everywhere

Art will be everywhere today through Sunday as Champaign County celebrates the Boneyard Arts Festival at more than 90 venues.

The event is sponsored every year by 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council.

Twin City Theatre raising money, helping charity with some role reversal

Boys will be girls and girls will be boys in "Broadway Backwards."

Luke Knoke of Twin City Theatre Company in Champaign said you'll recognize the songs but will be intrigued by the change-up at the show, set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C.

UI Black Chorus marking golden Jubilee at Mom's Day concert

CHAMPAIGN — It has been a glorious 50 years for the UI Black Chorus — a Jubilee, a Bible word fitting for sacred music.

Its Mom's Day Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Notes-Worthy: Eli Knoke

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with ELI KNOKE, who plays guitar and sings backup vocals for After Curfew, a rock band based in Champaign that also includes Emma Lacefield (vocals), Jonathan Carley (bass/vocals) and Logan Allen (drums/vocals).

Area history, April 12, 2018

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

In 1918, no one was hurt when an airplane being piloted by Chanute Field Capt. Harry Smith and a cadet fell about 200 feet and crashed about 2 miles north of Rantoul. No other details were made available.