URBANA – James Kelly gave to his country in the form of service as a Marine at Iwo Jima, so it's only fair he gets a little back.
At 87, the Urbana man plans to take advantage of a free trip to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans.
Tuition isn't on the agenda for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, but it's looking more and more like UI students will get a break next fall.
Tuition would normally be on the May agenda; the trustees meet Thursday in Chicago.
DANVILLE – People can start their Memorial Day celebrations a few days early by attending Danville High School's 13th annual Salute to Veterans concert.
The concert is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St., Danville. It is free and open to the public.
PENFIELD – It has been five months since Mike and Michele Babb and Zach Acton lost the No. 1 girl in their lives.
But in the time since Brittany Babb's death, her parents and her fiance have mobilized their grief into helping others.
PAXTON – Tom Meents tried to keep his newest stunt close to the vest.
But when the firetrucks, police cars and ambulances drove onto his property on an early March afternoon, hundreds of curious Paxton residents flocked to the scene to see what the monster truck daredevil was up to this time.
"Every time somebody hears a truck out here and sees it moving, they know something's going to happen," Meents said.
The snooping spectators witnessed a spectacle. Meents, an eight-time Monster Jam World Champion, kicked his 10,000-pound vehicle, named Maximum Destruction, into full throttle. The truck, 22 feet long and 10 feet high, rammed into a 14-foot-high dirt wall and flipped end-over-end high into the air before landing back on all four tires.
RANTOUL – Natural-gas service has been shut off to a large Rantoul apartment complex, and the village has posted the apartments as unfit for occupancy.
Tenants of Autumn Glen apartments, on Hobson Drive on Rantoul's northeast side, have until 5 p.m. May 27 to move out. Water service will be shut off on that date.
URBANA – Research architect Bill Rose of Urbana will pick up an award today in New York for his contributions to the restoration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.
His consulting firm, William B. Rose & Associates, and six other firms that worked on the long-term project were to receive the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State this evening at the New York Yacht Club.
DANVILLE – Lindsay and Marie Varner are forging ahead with their plans for an organic apple orchard on West Lake Boulevard on Danville's north side, despite the Danville planning and zoning commission's recommendation against changing the property's zoning from residential to agriculture.
CHAMPAIGN – As a wife, mother of two, teacher of computer classes, church elder and perennial volunteer, Judi Geistlinger's days are very full.
So why, you might ask, would she add such a weighty responsibility as becoming a Presbyterian minister to her life load?
CHAMPAIGN – Young tomato plants peek out of the ground at the TIMES Center garden, destined to become sauce or salad at the shelter's soup kitchen.
Longtime volunteer Frank Ford Jr. tends the garden, which he planted in 2000 when the center moved from McKinley Presbyterian Church to downtown Champaign.