DANVILLE — On Friday night, local singer Willie "Sweet Willie" Johnson was thrilled just to sing for The Contours with Joe Billingslea, an original member of the Motown act famous for "Do You Love Me."
"To be honest, just to sing in front of The Contours would be a great privilege to me," said Johnson, who got that chance Friday night.
Today is Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
CHAMPAIGN — He wasn't there in person, but Nick Holonyak Jr. was a featured star at the dedication of the new University of Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering building on Friday.
I had not heard of Silent Sunday before taking in my daughter's soccer match last weekend in Normal.
But having experienced the peace and calm that came with it — coaches and spectators are to zip it while play is going on, leaving the talking to the players — I'll admit I'm a big fan. Turns out I'm not alone.
"The referees love Silent Sunday," Kevin Love said.
MONTICELLO — When the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry, claiming the lives of seven astronauts in 2003, NASA turned to Larry Dalton and his team to help keep future missions safe.
That's Larry Dalton, Monticello High School Class of '63.
In 1914, pavement work on the north end of Neil Street will begin Monday morning as pavement work on University Avenue in downtown Champaign is being completed.
ROSSVILLE — Fifteen-year-old Josh Brown and his 17-year-old sister, Jenna, were both in a deep sleep when their mom rushed into their rooms at 6 a.m., telling them to get up "right now."
They weren't late for school. They had to go fight a fire.
HOMER — When he was the age that many kids are when they dream of riding in a fire truck and putting out fires, Don Happ dreamed of getting under the hood of a car.
"I just liked working on cars — fast cars," said Happ, who in his teens found a 1972 Oldsmobile 442 near Broadlands, bought it for $300 and spent the next four years restoring it from top to bottom.
In 1914, rain this afternoon failed to prevent the laying of the cornerstone of the new addition to the chemistry building at the University of Illinois. The program was carried out in the Armory, and the exercises were well-attended. The company then repaired to the site of the new building and the cornerstone was set in place by President E.J. James.
If you could ask one question of Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner, what would it be?
On the eve of tonight's gubernatorial debate, we threw that one out to University of Illinois deans and department heads.