Area history, Dec. 2, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The Champaign school board approved a request from University of Illinois President Edmund James that in lieu of a fee for speaking at last spring's high school commencement address he be given a photograph of Champaign High School.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 2, 2014

Take two: Following up on our stories.

Area history, Dec. 1, 2014

Today is Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Jack Watson, the center on Illinois' conference champion football team, was elected captain of next year's team last night at the 13th annual football banquet at the Hotel Beardsley. The banquet was given by C.B. Hatch and J.M. Kaufman.

Life Remembered: Hirschfeld dies at 78

CHAMPAIGN — Area residents remembered John Hirschfeld as a local history enthusiast who was devoted to political causes until he lost his license to practice law.

Mr. Hirschfeld, a longtime state legislator, attorney and media personality, died on Sunday. He was 78.

Top of the Morning: From the archives

The first Santa Claus I remember seeing was the one who strode onstage at the United Auto Workers hall in Tilton, where hundreds of General Motors Central Foundry workers (my dad was one) and their families had gathered for what I recall as a huge Christmas party.

Business and professional briefs, Nov. 30, 2014

New jobs

Yu joins law firm. Thomas S. Yu has joined the Champaign law firm of Thomas, Mamer & Haughey as an associate.

His practice will focus on civil litigation, specifically in the areas of professional liability, insurance defense and municipal law.

Letter from Birdland: Virginia is for nature lovers

Yesterday, we took a Sunday drive — all the way to Virginia.

We picked up Ellis early in the morning. Our youngest slipped out of his house and into the car. Ursula lay quiet in the way back, her tail thumping when she saw her boy descend his front steps, carrying his bags to the car.

We drove across the flatlands of Illinois and Indiana and on to the hills of Ohio.

Studio Visit: Sydney Germaine

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Sydney Germaine of Urbana, a senior theater major at the University of Illinois, a visual artist and, with Carnivale Debauche, a character and fire-breathing artist called Normandie.

N-G makes changes in top management

A number of top leadership changes are being announced at The News-Gazette Inc.

John Reed, currently the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been named publisher of the paper and chief executive officer of the corporation. Reed, a member of The News-Gazette's executive team since 2008, is a former publisher of the Danville Commercial-News.

Quick Read: Illinois fifth in growth of 'ultrawealthy'

Illinois has 2,905 people whose net worth exceeds $30 million, according to Wealth-X, a Singapore-based intelligence firm that keeps tabs on the ultrawealthy.

The state's ultrawealthy population grew by 4.9 percent over the last year.