Free time is volunteer time for honoree

Doesn't matter if it's a Foreigner show or a "Frozen" sing-a-long. If the Virginia Theatre is hosting it, Carol Cope is ushering it.

The 59-year-old Seymour woman, who "works" up to 200 events a year at the downtown landmark, was an obvious choice for the Champaign Park District's 2015 Volunteer of the Year award.

Meg Makes: Spice up your chicken with Mexican flavor

This recipe comes from my friend Erin Lippitz of Urbana, who is known for her baking expertise.

This one, though, is an entree centering around chicken.

Her husband originally saw it on "Pati's Mexican Table" on the Create Channel, which is a PBS channel, but Erin made some changes to the original.

She said she got the "You can make this again" nod from her husband, Tom.

Area history, May 27, 2015

Today is Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The McCormick bill, limiting to nine hours the number of hours in a day that women in Illinois could work, was defeated in the House today.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities


— Kate Stadel of Tolono has received Indiana State University's most prestigious scholarship. She is among 20 students from around the country selected as President's Scholars for the 2015-16 school year. The President's Scholarship provides full, in-state tuition and premium housing and has a total four-year value of more than $74,000.

Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Next Generation places again

After winning the IESA Scholastic Bowl (Class A) last season and finishing second two years ago, Champaign's Next Generation school traveled to Peoria for the state finals. The team finished pool play 2-1 to earn a berth in the consolation match. In that match, Next Generation defeated Peoria Christian 310-170 to finish third.

Go figure: May 27, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


Price tag for the snazzy new scoreboard Rantoul High hopes to have in place by fall at Bill Walsh Field.

Next Generation student's result on national French test: Magnifique!

CHAMPAIGN — Out of the 70 questions on the French national exam seventh-grader Anushka Agrawal took with the rest of her class last month, she only had to guess on one.

And she guessed right.

As a student at Next Generation Middle School enrolled in French 2, Anushka was one of just four students in the country to earn a perfect score on the 60-minute timed test.

Library to dedicate Hegeler Stage on Saturday

DANVILLE — Local performers will break in a new community stage downtown when the Danville Public Library dedicates its new venue.

Tom Kacich: Independent map backers back at it

If you invite Trent Shepard or Diane or Ed Wilhite to a social function, you'd better know what you're getting into. They're likely going to bring a clipboard with a pen and a sheet of petitions attached to it.

My Amish Home: Waiting on weather to make up its mind

"As for man, his days are as grass: As the flower of the field, so he flourisheth, for the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children." Psalm 103:15-17