Rain or shine, race officials prepared

CHAMPAIGN — Should another bout of wicked weather disrupt Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, there won't be a repeat of 2015, organizers vow.

'The idea of serving my country very much appealed to me'

Lt. Col. Shane Sullivan will soon add another high honor to a crowded collection that includes a  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Only this one isn't for the career military man's work at the Pentagon or in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Top of the morning, April 29, 2016

The folks in charge of Gibson City's Harvest Moon Drive-In want you to vote. Early and often. Remember, it's Illinois.

The outdoor movieplex has been nominated as one of the nation's top drive-ins by USA Today. Fans are allowed to vote once a day until May 23. The Top 10 will be featured in the newspaper.

Just 1 question: What makes your character special?

For the first time in 10 years, Meade Park Elementary students will have their chance to shine on stage.

Area history, April 28, 2016

In 1916, Mrs. William "Toots" Mullin, who a week ago shot and killed Roy Ludwick at her home in Champaign, was not held for murder by the grand jury but was indicted on eight counts of selling liquor.

Town makes new Monticello administrator feel welcome

MONTICELLO — One word comes up often when you ask new Monticello City Administrator Bob Mahrt about his first few weeks in town.

Impressed. By staff, aldermen, even his neighbors.

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

Dance marathon

The annual Centennial High School Dance Marathon raised $14,440.38 for St. John's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals on Friday night.

Led by seniors Aashika Ashok and Jenna DeLuce and 30 other executive team members, more than 150 students danced the night away — and played many games — inside the gym.

Meg Makes: A uniquely French take on brunch

My friend Erin, whom I affectionately think of as queen of baked goods, served this French toast casserole at a recent brunch.

I expected to eat one small portion and ended up going back for seconds. Then thirds.

Those Who Served: 'You didn't get out of that foxhole' at night

CHAMPAIGN — In a Philippine Islands jungle in World War II, Japanese snipers picked off American soldiers from the trees.

Michael Palmisano remembers a buddy raking the trees with a machine gun, and seeing the dead enemy snipers hanging from their perches.

"They were tied to those trees," he says.

Area history, April 27, 2016

Today is Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: