The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 7, 2016

We asked 10 area city council and village board members who were elected to their seats: Who's the first candidate who got you revved up about a presidential election?



A chat with outgoing Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand

Heading into her last year as the head of the largest school district in Champaign County, Judy Wiegand reflects on the challenges, fulfillment and surprises that come with being Unit 4 superintendent.

You've worked in nearly ever administrative role there is in Unit 4. What made you apply for the top job?

Studio Visit: Julia Megan Sullivan

The actress and assistant director of communication for the University of Illinois Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How did you end up doing online H.H. Gregg commercials?

Slice of Life: Bound and determined

By Jordan Wilson

URBANA — A relic of an old world, the worn and rusted stitching machine sits in soft afternoon light casting through the nearby window, white sewing threads dangling from its side.

Getting Personal: Tony Maltbia

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 43-year-old Champaign resident Tony Maltbia, the newly named executive director of student, family and community support for Champaign's school district, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Maltbia's last position was administrator of the Novak Academy.

Tell us about your family.

For the retirees, Aug. 7-15, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 7, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Here's a fine, deftly made poem by Meg Kearney of New Hampshire in which the details deliver the emotions, which are never overtly named other than by the title. It's my favorite kind of poem, and it's from her book "An Unkindness of Ravens" from BOA Editions. Her most recent book is "Home By Now" from Four Way Books, 2009.

County board: Tax proposal worth a shot

URBANA — After years of talking about a comprehensive county facilities overhaul, the Champaign County Board finally may be ready to undertake it.

Or more accurately, let county voters decide whether to undertake it.

Letter from Birdland: A pleasant road trip with the girls

Birdland is cool this morning, but the humidity dampened my morning ride. I have taken to riding my bike in the mornings.

Last week, I got up early enough to see a fox sitting by the side of the road. I watched it from afar, before I even knew it was a fox or any animal at all. It could have been a stump or a pile of trash discarded on the roadside.

C-U haiku, Aug. 7, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

cooling nimbus brings

prairie sky's benediction

on summer's dog days

— Ann Hart, Mahomet