John Roska: Divorce law changing in Illinois

Q: I heard that the divorce law will change so there will only be one ground for divorce. Is that true?

A: Yes. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the only grounds for divorce in Illinois will be irreconcilable difference. No more mental cruelty, or any of the other old grounds.

Reluctant Townie: The legend of the Thanksgiving Troll

On Halloween morning, my 4-year-old suggested we put up Christmas decorations in the front yard.

"I wish every day was a holiday," she sighed as wistfully as a preschooler can possibly manage. "I want it to be Christmas right now."

Studio Visit: Cora Hays

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Cora Hays, 26, of Urbana, a freelance illustrator and design consultant, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Is this portrait of your father or grandfather?

A Norwegian pilgrimage to remember

By Sandra Bauman Santas

Olav Haraldsson was born in 995, and in 1007, at the age of 12, he went on a Viking expedition.

In 1014, he was baptized in Rouen, France. He returned to Norway in 1015, was elected king and introduced Christianity to that country.

Business listings, Nov. 29, 2015

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

Do Re Mi Data, 1705 Melrose Village Circle, Apt. 821A, U, Sarah Chen, same address.

Luxury Nail, 115 Calvin St., Savoy, Hung Diep, 3213 Katie Lynn Drive, C.

SAGES Quizbowl Questions, 2516 Fields South Drive, Apt. 205, C, Alexander Dzurick, same address.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Fundraiser a success

C-U haiku, Nov. 29, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Frost brushes ginkgo,

and underneath the tree lie

a thousand gold coins

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

Top of the morning, Nov. 29, 2015

It's a big week for Illinois basketball, which returns to a renovated State Farm Center on Wednesday.

It's also a big week for how we cover Illinois basketball, as beat writer Marcus Jackson transitions out of Sports and onto A-1 as our community reporter. Staff writer Scott Richey will take his place after Wednesday's game against Notre Dame.

Marching Illini: Next stop, Soldier Field

CHICAGO — They've spent the past two weeks together: rehearsing nearly non-stop, traveling to and from New York City, sleeping when they can, performing in the biggest parade in the country, even doing a little bit of sightseeing in between.

Area history, Nov. 28, 2015

Today is Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: A municipal Christmas tree will again be erected in Champaign's Gazette Square this year, and Urbana will have one at the courthouse square.