'He always had a smile on his face'

WILLOWBROOK — A Willowbrook man who died Wednesday night in a vehicle accident on Interstate 57 in Champaign County is being remembered as a kind and compassionate spiritual leader of children.

Area history, Oct. 31, 2015

Today is Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Oct. 31, 2015

To celebrate his 63rd birthday, Champaign's Raymond Gwin was taken to dinner at Denny's by family members. But the bigger treat came during Tuesday's night on the town: Watching his daughter perform for a World Series audience of 40,320 fans at Kauffman Stadium and 14.9 million more on TV.

#SundaySneak: New faces in a familiar place

GIFFORD — There might be new faces in a familiar place in Gifford, but the biggest change and biggest attraction may be the new food that Donny Curtis is dishing out.

Go figure, UI edition, Oct. 30, 2015

A numerical look at what's making headlines on the UI campus

Area history, Oct. 30, 2015

Today is Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: In one of the greatest games ever played on Illinois Field, Minnesota and Illinois surged back and forth in an even struggle, finally tying 6-6. An immense Homecoming throng witnessed the game.

Area update: St. Joe haunted trail benefit set for Saturday

ST. JOSEPH — For years, Mary Derenne and her family transformed their yard into a haunted trail and asked visitors to donate to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Top of the morning, Oct. 30, 2015

If and when the World Series returns to Kansas City, keep an eye on the postgame interviews. You might see a familiar face.

Former WCIA sportscaster and morning show anchor Rob Collins is helping his current station, Kansas City Fox affiliate WDAF, cover the World Series.

"They always send a news crew and I get to be that news crew because of my sports background," Collins said.

"What was going through my mind is, 'I hope they make it'"

SAVOY — In the last 10 days, Mike Roberson lost a close uncle in a freak work accident, had his home consumed by fire and helped rescue several members of a family in a wreck on Interstate 57.

WBCP marking quarter-century

CHAMPAIGN — When J.W. Pirtle was building a radio station from scratch in 1989, he never dreamed he would still be in the business a quarter-century later.