This day in history, April 20, 2016

Today is Wednesday, April 20, the 111th day of 2016. There are 255 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 20, 1916, the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Wrigley Field (then known as Weeghman Park); the Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.

On this date:

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Periodicals are gold mines for researchers

Have you ever considered the wealth of material that has been, and is being, published periodically by local, state, national and international societies and organizations? Genealogists are not the only ones interested in such publications. Historians, teachers, and students as well as family history researchers have come to realize the wealth of information in such works.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Career achievement

The Piankeshaw Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented the Law Enforcement Commendation to Mark Edwards at the organization's monthly luncheon.

'Discord' tackles 'the big questions of life'

URBANA — The next play at the Station Theatre, opening Thursday evening, sure has an intriguing premise:

In "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord," the three great thinkers — each knows he's dead — find themselves in a locked room in purgatory.

'Then it clicked. They just robbed the bank. I should call 911'

URBANA — Dennis Hatcher was tooling up North Cunningham Avenue in Urbana one morning last fall in a 1964 Ford pickup when his phone rang.

The 65-year-old Mahomet man, who sells older used vehicles, said the Ford is noisy so he had to stop to be able to hear his caller.

More honors from Urbana police

Joining Dennis Hatcher among those set to be honored at today's Urbana police awards ceremony: two of the department's finest.


After spending last year working as Urbana's animal control officer, neighborhood watch program coordinator and bicycle giveaway program administrator, Carr has taken on a new position this year: police evidence technician.

Meg Makes: Taco pizza combines two favorites

Pizza is one of my favorite foods, and my husband and I often celebrate Friday evenings with different homemade variations.

Taco pizza is full of familiar flavors but in a dish different enough to be fun.

This recipe makes a heavy pizza, and as a result, the leftovers last a while in our house.

Taco Pizza

1 pound ground beef

My Amish Home: Cold mornings give way to pleasant days

"Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering (for he is faithful as promised); and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:23-25

Teacher of the week: Allyson Bork

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

This week...

Honoree provides validation, encouragement to young artists

CHAMPAIGN — When Stacey Gross landed a job as Centennial High School's sole visual arts teacher right out of college, she planned to teach for a couple of years, then enroll in a master's program in photography at the Savannah College of Design.