The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 13, 2015

With caffeine-inhaling, finals-cramming season here, we asked some of the best and brightest on the UI (or any other) campus: What's the worst grade you got in school?


Professor, Animal Sciences and Genomic Biology; named American Academy of Microbiology Fellow in January

Tom Kacich: On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Interurban...

Santa Claus came to town this year, at least to the local mall, on Saturday, Nov. 21.

But 100 years ago, when marketing was much different and things moved much more slowly, Santa didn't make it to Champaign-Urbana until Christmas Eve, arriving on a relatively sparkling Illinois Traction interurban train. The electrified railroad system had been established only 13 years earlier.

Ask 'Mimi,' Dec. 13, 2015

Have you heard anything about an "intuitive" painting studio in Champaign?

Megill and UI: A good fit

For a singer and choral conductor, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., is one of the top places to be. It boasts an acclaimed voice faculty, the largest in the world, and is close to the cultural meccas of New York and Philadelphia.

Choral conductor Andrew Megill felt he grew up at Westminster, first as a student and then professor.

For the retirees, Dec. 13-20, 2015

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.

Letter from Birdland: Foggy days force us to live in the moment

In Birdland, we're in the dark days of December. Each morning comes a little later; each evening comes a bit earlier. Winter is closing in on us.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Holiday performance

Wired In: Andrew Singer

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Andrew Singer, 48, a University of Illinois professor who guides budding entrepreneurs as director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center and has his own projects, including being CEO at OceanComm, Inc.

12 stories of Christmas 2015: She's happy to give back

Our first installment of the 2015 "12 stories of Christmas."

URBANA — At age 10, Irma Waggoner Allen slept in her first real bed.

She got her first toothbrush. And she had her very own drawer for her paper dolls, a precious Christmas gift.

Brickman's keys to an intimate holiday show

CHAMPAIGN — Award-winning pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman will visit the Virginia Theatre on Tuesday.

"I've been doing holiday shows for 19 years," said Brickman, who also sometimes sings.