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2016 Ebertfest coverage roundup

Here's your one-stop shop for our coverage of the 18th Roger Ebert Film Festival.

2016 Ebertfest schedule

Meg Makes: Let grocery store do heavy lifting sometimes

Rotisserie chicken can be a saving grace in my busy household, especially because many marital disagreements are disarmed when my husband asks kindly, "Are you hungry?"

I don't feel guilty about letting the supermarket cook our dinner every once in a while.

Area history, April 13, 2016

Today is Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: Aeroplane flights by C.H. SinClair, a former University of Illinois student, will be a feature of this year's interscholastic program. He will make several flights of 10 to 20 minutes over the university district, riding from the university parade grounds.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Music scene

Redd Volkaert, a guitarist who performed twice at Ellnora: The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Opera House in Homer.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Ireland remembers The Easter Rising

It was 100 years ago, Easter week 2016, when a proclamation was read declaring an end to British rule in Ireland, and resulted in six days of fighting. The city of Dublin was left in ruins and almost 500 people were killed— 54 percent of them civilians. Nevertheless, "the 1916 Rising began the process that led to the separation of Ireland from Great Britain."

Teacher of the week: Glenda Marks

Meet Glenda Marks, a junior high science teacher at Arthur Grade School. Marks started out working in respiratory therapy at a local hospital before she began teaching mostly high school level classes in the Kansas school district 26 years ago. She says she found her area of expertise when she started teaching junior high in Arthur. "I really like junior high students," she said.

Top of the morning, April 13, 2016

On Wednesdays, we spotlight wedding anniversaries on our Milestones page. Something to get you there:

Jack and Donna Davis' 50th wedding anniversary announcement that ran in these pages last week noted that Jack "is known locally as the designer of the iconic Chief Illiniwek logo for the University of Illinois."

Of course it did.

2016 Ebertfest: It's on

The latest on Ebertfest from staff writer Melissa Merli, who has covered all 18:

Panel with some punch

Actress Kate Bosworth will be part of the academic panel discussion on women in Hollywood on Friday. "She's coming with her husband, so we took the opportunity to put her on a panel," festival director Nate Kohn said.

Health Care Consumers honoring UI senior

CHAMPAIGN — Whether she's practicing moves in the basement of Krannert Center for her contemporary dance classes or helping Medicare beneficiaries access vital health resources, Ellie Fujimoto has one end goal in mind: wellness.

Younger Generation: Celebrating achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Unit 4 students make cut

CHAMPAIGN — One Central and two Centennial High School students have been named finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program: Summer Choi, Philip Kocheril and Cole Prescott.

All three students were named as semifinalists this past fall alongside over 16,000 other high schoolers from across the U.S.