Special car to deliver the star

DANVILLE — When Dick Van Dyke returned to Danville High School in 2004 to be honored as a distinguished alumnus, his arrival was so low-key that it took most in the large welcoming party by surprise.

Marking a loss

The order, marked "URGENT," went out via e-mail shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, one day after the worst mass shooting in American history.

From: The Illinois Department of Central Management Services, writing on behalf of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Re: Lowering of all flags in honor of victims of the Orlando terrorist attack.

Area update: Heritage won't replace administrator

BROADLANDS — The Heritage school district is cutting back administrators — from three to two.

With high school Principal Ryan Peyton leaving for Farmer City's Schneider Elementary, the district has decided not to hire for the position. Instead, Superintendent Tom Davis will pull double duty.

Area history, June 17, 2016

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Religion calendar, June 17-24, 2016

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DACC finalist Denardo meets community

DANVILLE — When Melissa Denardo read over the profile for Danville Area Community College and the job description for its president, she thought she would be a great fit.

Campus cools down in the summer

CHAMPAIGN — During the school year, Legends Sports Bar and Grill can be a hard place to find a seat on Friday nights.

But on a warm evening in June, only five were taken.

Legends is just one of the businesses near the University of Illinois campus that faces dwindling crowds with the exodus of 31,600 students who don't take summer courses.

What's in a name? Cowboy Monkey

There are now horses riding around downtown Champaign, but none of them is being ridden by monkeys wearing a six-shooter bellying up at a bar. So how in the heck did the establishment known for its outdoor patio located at 6 Taylor St. become known as Cowboy Monkey?

#TheMJs, June 17, 2016

On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



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'You were already as amazing as you hoped to become'

URBANA — After learning of the death of their colleague Matt Farrell on Sunday morning, Anna Gutsch and Johann Rischau debated whether to tell their employees not to come to work Monday.

Instead, the owners of Norden German Design Studio at [co][lab], where Mr. Farrell had a space, decided to have their employee and two interns come in so no one would be alone.