Favorite REO song? Here are 10

Monday is welcome-home day for dozens of Champaign-Urbana natives who love REO Speedwagon.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 8, 2015

Where were you in 1980, when poofy hair was in, President Carter was out and Casey Kasem couldn't get enough of a Champaign-bred band new to the American Top 40? That's the question we posed to 10 familiar faces on the eve of REO Speedwagon's homecoming concert at the Virginia Theatre.

Getting Personal: Stefanie Pratt

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 42-year-old Stefanie Pratt of Savoy, a Realtor/broker at Coldwell Banker Honig Bell, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Pratt is deeply spiritual, and she is totally into the Greatest Generation.

What's something nobody knows about you?

For the retirees, Nov. 8-15, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Reluctant Townie: How to tell your kid a weird bedtime story

My 4-year-old requires me to improvise a story every night before she goes to bed. The stories cannot repeat, and they have an ongoing mandate to "be weird."

After a recent bedtime story, I was presented with the following criticism.

With Dietz at helm, ISU recovering from low point

NORMAL — Three weeks ago, Illinois State University Student Trustee Connor Joyce felt a sense of deja vu while talking with an alumnus who was on campus for homecoming weekend.

The alumnus recounted he was tailgating when a man in Redbirds attire approached him, shook his hand and struck up a conversation. During their chat, he asked the man if he worked for the university.

Tom Kacich: Failing to stand the test of time

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Area history, Nov. 8, 2015

Today is Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: