A Little reminiscing

SULLIVAN — Guy Little remembers how he was told, when he started the Little Theatre on the Square here nearly 60 years ago, that it just couldn't be done.

"Guy, this will never work in Sullivan," the owner of a bistro in the Moultrie County seat told him.

"Two years later he told me, 'You've made me a rich man,'" Little recently said.

Meg Makes: No-bake dessert keeps hot oven dormant

This time of year, I'm consistently grateful for central air conditioning.

Still, though, I can't bear the thought of turning on my oven. Regular pizza Fridays get canceled. I put off baking, too.

So when I have a great no-bake dessert recipe, I truly believe this is the time of year to use it.

Top of the morning, June 15, 2016

Father Bruce Lopez was back celebrating Mass on Sunday. At least that's what he's been told by members of his congregation at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Monticello.

"I don't remember much of it," he said, "but I do know that I was there."

'Back to the drawing board'

URBANA — Champaign County Board Chairwoman Pattsi Petrie responded to a call for her resignation over a canceled appointment to the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners by admitting that the appointment process is flawed and saying the county is going back to the drawing board.

To Your Health: Brighten up your coleslaw with fresh radishes

By Beth Peralta 

Grilling season is upon us! What is your go-to side dish when it comes time to make up your favorite summer meal?

Killeen: Search for chancellor 'definitely on track'

URBANA — He doesn't have a list of finalists yet, but University of Illinois President Tim Killeen is hopeful a permanent chancellor for the Urbana campus can be chosen by late July.

The chancellor's search is "definitely on track," Killeen said Monday. The search committee hasn't forwarded a short list of candidates to Killeen but he expects to get it within a couple of weeks.

Fair forecast: Piatt County

Most years, today's the day the Piatt County Fair kicks off.

But for those in the Illinois entertainment business, 2016 isn't most years.

Area history, June 14, 2016

Today is Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: Champaign County is to have hard roads and not dirt roads surfaced with oil. A special committee named to investigate oiled roads concluded that the county "should spend its money in a more permanent type of construction." The full county board of supervisors adopted the report.

Champaign honors tech-savvy volunteer

Technically, David Frye retired from the University of Illinois eight years ago. But at age 60, the former senior software engineer is still on the go.

Cost for crossing guards shifts from city to schools

URBANA — The crossing guard program, which has for decades been funded by the city of Urbana, will soon make a small dent in the school district's budget.

Crossing guards used to be employees of the Urbana police department, costing the city about $46,000 a year, according to Urbana's finance director, Elizabeth Hannan.