Service Club of the Week: DAR's Stephen A. Douglas Chapter in Douglas County

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's weekly look at area do-gooders.

About the club

Regent: Marlene Lincoln.

Origin: Organized on March 2, 1923.

Meets: Noon on the first Wednesday of the month at restaurants around Douglas County.

Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker/Family Life: Just how age-friendly is C-U?

By Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker

Ten years ago, the World Health Organization launched an international program to help cities prepare for the rapid aging boom that was coming with the baby boomers.

That effort is called the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program.

Area history, Nov. 15, 2016

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

Area history, Nov. 14, 2016

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

Those Who Served: 'Lyndon Johnson needed cannon fodder'

CHAMPAIGN — Rudi Laufhutte survived a childhood in Germany where U.S. bombers leveled his town, then went on to serve proudly for his adopted country in the Vietnam era.

He’s still proud and serves as the 19th District commander of the Illinois American Legion.

Laufhutte, 72, was only a baby as World War II came to a close.

Illinois fifth in nation for drawing international students

URBANA — International enrollment at American universities topped the 1 million mark for the first time last year and now makes up 5 percent of the U.S. college student population, a new report says.

These women are raising the bar

Twelve-plus years after going door-to-door during her first campaign for state's attorney, Julia Rietz hasn't forgotten one gentleman's line after she introduced herself.

"A woman as state's attorney?" he said. "I don't think so, sweetie."

Tom Kacich: Voter dissatisfaction high in Champaign County

So, you voted in the general election but you didn't vote for any of the presidential candidates on the ballot?

You're not alone.

The Reluctant Townie: Election night: Burning down the house

By now, I'm sure you've found a way to get a handle on this.

Sidney farmer has 'em gobbling up his free-range livestock

SIDNEY — David Bane grew up with six brothers adn two sisters, so Thanksgiving rotates each year among him and his brothers.

This year he and his wife, Susan, will visit brother Ted in Lexington, Ky. If it were David's turn, he would be grilling a turkey at the Homer Lake Forest Preserve for his side of the Bane family Thanksgiving.