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Happy 207th Lincoln's birthday, Illinois!

What's in a name? Bresee Tower

Nearly 100 years ago, the 12-story Bresee Tower served as a symbol of a thriving Danville economy. Although it's now been vacant for a decade, it remains as recognizable a landmark as there is in the Vermilion County city.

Area history, Feb. 12, 2016

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

Latin Grammy winners for children's music coming to Krannert on Saturday

It's no wonder Alisha Gaddis and her husband, Lucky Diaz, are called the Lucy Ball and Desi Arnaz of the kids' music world.

Their band Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, performing Saturday at Krannert Center, were the first North Americans to win a Latin Grammy award in the children's music album category.

Champaign native to lead UI's government relations efforts

URBANA — The University of Illinois has selected Lindsay Anderson — a former advisor to state agencies, lawmakers and Illinois' last governor — to serve as its executive director for governmental relations, President Tim Killeen said Thursday.

The 37-year-old Anderson is a native of Champaign, a UI graduate and an attorney with Chicago-based McGuireWoods.

Top of the morning, Feb. 12, 2016

Last time WDWS called the Unity-St. Thomas More boys' basketball game, it went into overtime and ended on a buzzer-beater.

Scott Beatty, who is working today's game (7:30 p.m. with Michael Kiser), is hoping for another thriller.

"I love it when that happens," Beatty said.

'Historical moment' burdened by history

URBANA — Meeting for the first time, members of a Champaign County Racial Justice Task Force were told Thursday night that it was "an historical moment" in the county's history.

Area history, Feb. 11, 2016

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

Frank's Faves: Not a rom-com kinda guy

Valentine's Day? Not on my list of holiday faves. But it does have its perks ...

If you, like some of my News-Gazette colleagues, have noticed some glaring omissions among my movie favorites, you're not alone.

How'd Obama's visit go?

How did President Obama's visit to Springfield and address to the Illinois General Assembly go on Wednesday?