Area history, March 9, 2017

Today is Thursday, March 9, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

C-U at Home founder heading to Colorado

CHAMPAIGN — Melany Jackson, the founder and executive director of C-U at Home, said Wednesday that she will leave the agency and community to move to Colorado Springs, Colo., in early September.

She doesn't have plans for a new job yet, Jackson said, but "the word I got from the Lord is 'rest.'"

UPDATED: Local choral legend dies at 72

New at 3:09 p.m. Wednesday:

A former student of Willie Summerville is remembering him as someone who pushed young people to succeed and wore his faith on his sleeve.

Cubs' World Series trophy briefly unites parties

SPRINGFIELD — It took an extraordinary event to do it, but for a brief time Wednesday, feuding Democrats and Republicans and House and Senate members were brought together by one thing: the appearance in the Illinois House chambers of the Chicago Cubs' World Series trophy.

Meg Makes: Everyone's a winner at chili cook-off

Whenever I judge a chili cook-off, my favorite part is guessing the ingredients that make each version special.

Today's recipes are my favorites from the University of Illinois Office of Admissions' cook-off last month. I tried to choose one, but couldn't — both were too good.

I suspected Shawn Hale's two-meat chili had beer in it, and the bacon was deliciously obvious.

UI's Siebel Center for Design gets interim director

CHAMPAIGN — The new Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois has an interim director: Andrew Singer, a professor of electrical and computer engineering who has led the planning for the $48 million project.

High school concert a first for Paris' Brett Eldredge

PARIS — Country-music star Brett Eldredge said on stage Tuesday night in his hometown that he remembers being a kid and having done almost everything in his old high school gym.

But he had never given a concert there.

"Let's sing together," he told the nearly 3,000 people in the gymnasium as he launched into the second song of his set, "Wanna Be That Song."

My Amish Home: Ready to learn if I'm fully mobile again

"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

UI vice provost who tracks faculty movement adding himself to list

URBANA — The vice provost who tracks faculty hiring and departures at the University of Illinois is taking a new job at Duke University.

Abbas Benmamoun, vice provost for faculty affairs and academic policies, will begin his new job in early June as Duke's vice provost for faculty advancement.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Book details American settlements, migrations

A "thorough knowledge of history and geography is an essential ingredient in tracing an American family." Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck's statement is the foundation for his new book, "American Settlements and Migrations: A Primer for Genealogists and Family Historians."