Great at engineering solutions

CHAMPAIGN — Nora Al-Qadi is a problem-solver by nature.

So what did she do when she learned her former English teacher needed $6,000 to buy a wheelchair for her son?

The engineering student started a "Pay It Forward" crowdfunding campaign through social media, offering mix-CDs and other prizes for donations.

Top of the Morning, May 16, 2015

Colin Mills and Dane Kurth were the first to approach the counter minutes after Champaign's Black Dog opened at 11 a.m. Friday.

Not by design.

The local attorneys usually drive from their Champaign office to Black Dog in Urbana on Fridays. "We have it down to a science," Mills said. "We know exactly how long it takes."

From college to work - in two days

DANVILLE — Less than 48 hours after picking up his college diploma, Ryan Anderson stepped into his new job as one of Vermilion County's top administrators.

The recent Purdue University Calumet graduate was tapped as the county's financial resources director in late March. He officially started this week.

Faces of '15: Serving is her purpose

CHAMPAIGN — In the past four years, Tory Cross has created her own major, ridden her bike across the country and survived a barn fire at her parents' home.

The Sidell native graduated from Jamaica High School with plenty of opportunities, but she never really considered going anywhere other than the University of Illinois, despite it not having her preferred program of study.

Area history, May 15, 2015

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

Postcard from Cannes: Education, diplomats and a red carpet

Local car dealer, avid blogger and Shatterglass Films executive producer Jen Shelby is attending the 68th Cannes Film Festival for the first time. She'll check in periodically from France, where the streets are narrow and the stars are gathered.

Lil Wayne's visit a big deal

DANVILLE — A Grammy-winning rap star performing at a club just across North Walnut Street from a Habitat for Humanity store?

With VIP passes set to go on sale in four days — not via Ticketmaster — but at Downtown Diamond and Pawn?

Top of the morning, May 15, 2015

Dean Dinning knows he has been to Champaign-Urbana.

"I am sure that we have," the 47-year-old bassist and vocalist for Toad the Wet Sprocket said. "We played so many colleges back when we were really hitting in the '90s. I remember Illinois being one of the colleges we went to all the time."

Wyldewood Cellars: Family business has made its way to St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — Tracie Trotter has just finished bottling 300 gallons of elderberry wine, the family specialty that has found a home in St. Joseph.

Some call the elderberry the "Englishman's grape" for its hundreds of years in making a tasty beverage far from the Mediterranean.

Area history, May 14, 2015

Today is Thursday, May 14, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: