These women are raising the bar

Twelve-plus years after going door-to-door during her first campaign for state's attorney, Julia Rietz hasn't forgotten one gentleman's line after she introduced herself.

"A woman as state's attorney?" he said. "I don't think so, sweetie."

Getting Personal: Saskia Bakker

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 16-year-old Saskia Bakker of Urbana, the manager of the Undercut Collective, which promotes local concerts for people of all ages, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Bakker won this year's Student ACE Award.

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Playoffs have 'em pumped in Monticello

MONTICELLO — Entering town from the north on Market Street, one of the first things visitors are greeted with is a purple-and-gold display in the front yard of Monticello quarterback Caleb Hanson's house.

"QB 1" reads one of the signs, and "Hanson" is spelled out on large letters across the front lawn.

Rauners' income in 2015: $187.6 million

CHAMPAIGN — His federal tax returns, released in part Friday, show that Gov. Bruce Rauner and wife Diana had an adjusted gross income of more than $187.6 million last year, and he said he intends to give much of it away.

Rauner's 2015 income is almost three times his 2014 adjusted gross income of $57.5 million.

Weekend planner: You're a festive one, Mr. Grinch

The "Night of Lights" Holiday Parade at 5:30 p.m. today in Danville leads to one of the most popular events of the year: the Festival of Trees. The parade begins at Williams and Vermilion streets and travels south on Vermilion to Main Street.

Area history, Nov. 12, 2016

Today is Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Bob Swisher: Fond memories about Illini athletics

Halfbacks Eddie Bray and Eddie McGovern were my first Illinois heroes way back in the 1940s, closely followed by Buddy Young. He and six schoolmates from Chicago Phillips High School won the state track meet.

I sat in the east stands of Memorial Stadium when Herb McKinley's long leg was the first thing I saw entering the stadium, and he set a world record in the 400-yard run.

Carle surgeon thankful for his fellow veterans

URBANA — For trauma surgeon Dr. John Kim, a single day a year to honor veterans doesn't seem like enough.

"It's really sad that there's only one day," he said.

Kim makes it a point to say thanks to every veteran he meets. And while those folks may not know it, the surgeon who's thanking them is a fellow veteran himself.

Area history, Nov. 11, 2016

Today is Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, eight Illinois counties voted Tuesday to establish county sanitariums for the treatment of tuberculosis, according to the Illinois Tuberculosis Association. The counties include Champaign, McLean, Livingston, Kane, LaSalle, Adams, Morgan and Ogle.

Clergy corner, Nov. 11, 2016

Every Saturday and Sunday service at Urbana's St. Matthew Lutheran Church starts the same way.

Before the first amen is even uttered, an image of a grinning baby flashes on the big screen, accompanied by the words "SILENCE IN CHURCH? ALLOW ME TO TEACH YOU THE SONG OF MY PEOPLE."