Central Illinois Business' 40 under 40

Meet the Woman of the Year and the Man of the Year, selected by Central Illinois Business Magazine as part of its eighth annual Forty Under 40 Awards.

The awards recognize the achievements, leadership, innovation, experience and community involvement of young professionals.

Tips and tricks for settling in to your first adult room

Moving into college for freshman year can be a major stress, but planning can cut way back on that.

Rommel Taylor is an experienced I-Guide at the University of Illinois. The College of ACES student, who is on the Illini Guides Campus Coordinating Committee, says it's almost as important to know what NOT to bring as what to bring.

Textbooks, for starters.

Margo Dill: Finding true intimacy requires introspection

If you read one book this year, choose "Scary Close" by Donald Miller. Miller is a non-fiction writer best known for his bestsellers "Blue Like Jazz" and "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years." In "Scary Close," he shares how he learned to stop acting through his life and start connecting with people, and how this lesson changed his entire existence for the better.

From Ferguson to friction

One year ago today, a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, setting off "Black Lives Matter" protests 180 miles away in Champaign and elsewhere and fueling an increasing mistrust of law enforcement.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 9, 2015

Whatever happened to Andy Warfel?

The wildly talented Champaign County native is living in Portland, Ore., but spends half of his time in New York City. He's working as director of ideation and visualization for what he called a fantastic live events company called ProductionGlue (

Business listings, Aug. 9, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

American Graphx, 2114 Fogel Road, Mahomet, Lee Jones, same address.

Assist Tutoring, 2125C Melrose Drive, C, Derian Silva, same address.

Derek Martin Hair, 206 N. Randolph, C, Derek Martin, 804 W. Hill St. #2, C.

Enough sea, sun and sand to fill a letter to Birdland

Last week, I wrote about my sojourn in northern Georgia, but after a very nice evening in LaFayette with my friend Emily's brother, David, I turned my little car south once again and drove all the way down to Valdosta in the southern end of the state.

Area history, Aug. 9, 2015

Today is Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

For the retirees, Aug. 9-16, 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 center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Studio Visit: Jacob Bernard

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Jacob Bernard, 16, of Urbana, a production intern at Urbana Public Television and a musician. The home-schooled teen recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.