Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 27, 2015

A reader asked about a guitarist who performed in Ellnora's presentation of Steve Reich's "Counterpoint." The reader said he had shaken hands with "a guy with white hair in a long pony tail and realized later" he'd seen him the night before with Paul Simon on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

Top of the morning, Sept. 27, 2015

I figured Arden Crawford would set off fireworks and streak down Windsor Road if the Cubs win it all.

I figured wrong.

"I probably won't celebrate," he said, totally serious.

Sticking together in time of need

TOLONO — Craig Justus drives a truck for a living but this week he parked it and climbed into a combine to help a good friend who's in the hospital and can't harvest his crops.

Sandra Mason: Garden buddies

It's fun to play in the dirt with veterans in Danville

When was the last time you played in the dirt? At face value, it's a simple question. It's similar to questions like when was the last time you went to the store? When was the last time you ate at a fast food place?

Area history, Sept. 26, 2015

Today is Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Roll out the red carpet

CHAMPAIGN — Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm and Broadlands-born TV star Doug Wilson appear in a movie that will have its red-carpet premiere locally tonight in Champaign.

This day in history, Sept. 26, 2015

Today is Saturday, September 26, the 269th day of 2015. There are 96 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 26, 1960, the first-ever debate between presidential nominees took place as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon faced off before a national TV audience from Chicago.

On this date:

Top of the morning, Sept. 26, 2015

As we close in on the 2-year anniversary of the Gifford tornado, rebuilding continues in the tiny Champaign County village.


It takes 23 minutes for Hayley Marshall to drive from Ogden to Gifford, which she does every school day to drop off her two oldest children. Soon, she'll only have to walk a few blocks.

#SundaySneak: Q&A with Barbara Wilson

A preview of Sunday's extended interview with University of Illinois Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson.

You and President Killeen have repeatedly hit upon the "restoring trust" theme since the resignations in August. How big a problem is it?

Area history, Sept. 25, 2015

Today is Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: