Doctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy

ROB GILLIES, Associated Press

This day in history: Sept. 18, 2014

Today is Thursday, September 18, the 261st day of 2014. There are 104 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 18, A.D. 14, the Roman Senate officially confirmed Tiberius as the second emperor of the Roman Empire, succeeding the late Augustus.

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Trooper changes tire for 'shocked' driver

URBANA — No marketing budget in the world can buy the amount of goodwill that Greg Broughton is accruing to the Illinois State Police.

The 26-year-old accountant-turned-trooper changed a tire Tuesday afternoon for an older Champaign businessman, who was so impressed he called the newspaper to get some "good news" published.

Area history, Sept. 18, 2014

Today is Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: A coroner's jury returned a verdict in the case of James A. Fitzgerauld, finding that the deceased came to his death when struck by a Wabash Railroad engine backing up near Fifth Street in Champaign. The railroad was censored for backing its engines in Champaign and Urbana.

Music Q&A: Ben Wright of Henhouse Prowlers

This week, Paul Wood chats with Ben Wright, a banjo player and co-founder of Henhouse Prowlers, based in Chicago. They’ve toured the world as part of State Department trips to showcase American culture. This month they’re close to home, performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Other members are Dan Andree, Jon Goldfine and Starr Moss. 

Stewart named to First Busey board

CHAMPAIGN — Jon D. Stewart, the chief executive officer of Champaign-based Tri Star Marketing, has been named to the board of directors of First Busey Corp., the bank holding company reported in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 18, 2014

Earlier this month, Barbara Linder was strolling through Urbana Middle School when she made eye contact with a tall, young man. "He had a big smile on his face and opened his arms to hug me," she said.

Not recognizing him, Linder backpedaled a bit. "You don't recognize me, do you?" he said. "I'm Donald."

UI professor: MacArthur award 'completely blindsided me'

Walking back to her office after class a few weeks ago, engineering Professor Tami Bond got a call on her cell phone from an unfamiliar Chicago number.

She thought it might be news about a friend expecting a baby. Then the voice said, "Can you have a confidential conversation?"

After that, it's all a blur. Something about a $625,000 "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation.

This day in history: Sept. 17, 2014

Today is Wednesday, September 17, the 260th day of 2014.

There are 105 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Sept. 17, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.

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Illinois Ancestors: E-magazine features Illinois research

The most recent issue (Sept/Oct) of the free e-magazine, "Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine" at