Monticello mayor resigns due to chronic Lyme disease

MONTICELLO — Chris Corrie has resigned as mayor of Monticello, citing "legitimate health reasons" due to ongoing struggles with chronic Lyme disease.

Those Who Served: In Vietnam, 'there were so many ways to get hurt or sick'

CHAMPAIGN — This draftee won a Bronze Star in Vietnam.

Champaign Certified Financial Planner Lee Smith, 64, was a grunt in the jungle in 1971 after dropping out of the University of Illinois and finding himself with a very low number in the draft lottery.

Area history, Nov. 9, 2015

In 1915, it was the 45th birthday of Orville L. Davis, editor of The Champaign Daily Gazette. It also was the 25th anniversary of the day that he commenced his labor upon this paper. The date was celebrated the night before by a surprise banquet at the Hotel Beardsley tendered by other members of the force accompanied by their wives. There were 48 present.

Ask 'Mimi,' Nov. 8, 2015

Has UI art faculty member Guen Montgomery finished her "printformance" yet?

She will from noon to 4 p.m. Friday in a field just north of the School of Art + Design building. There she will pull five to 10 large-scale prints as the culmination of her woodblock-carving performances inside the museum in connection with the 2015 Faculty Exhibition.

Tom Kacich: Failing to stand the test of time

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Favorite REO song? Here are 10

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

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.

Letter from Birdland: Gardens in Chicago will grow on you

Yesterday, we decided to take a little break from work and school and worries.

Michael and I went to Chicago for a change of scenery and to visit our middle boy, Dylan.

Studio Visit: Lori Serb

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Lori Serb. The station manager at WEFT community radio and an accordion player in the Cretaceous Band of the Community Center for the Arts in Urbana recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How long have you been playing accordion?