Gerard looks back on first year as Champaign mayor

With Mayor Don Gerard celebrating the one-year anniversary of his swearing-in today, The News-Gazette sat down with him Wednesday in the bleachers at his son's baseball game at McKinley Field to review his first year and what's left to come as he looks to the next three.

GPS provides cross-cultural experience for young scientists

URBANA — A lesson on GPS units might have taught local fourth-graders how the technology can be used in scientific fields.

But it also resulted in a multilayered lesson that included science, language, working with high school students and an appreciation of different cultures.

Thomas Paine students, Prairie Winds residents collaborate

URBANA — On a rainy Monday afternoon, students from Thomas Paine Elementary and residents at Prairie Winds of Urbana worked together to celebrate an old tradition and start a new one.

They made May Day baskets together to start what organizers say they hope will be an association between the supportive-living facility and the school.

Garman to speak at Law Day dinner

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman of Danville will be the keynote speaker at the Champaign County Bar Association's annual Law Day dinner Wednesday.

The American Bar Association has designated the theme of this year's Law Day as "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom."

Donors can help line Danville street with flags

DANVILLE — This Memorial Day weekend, the Danville Rotary Club once again will line North Vermilion Street with American flags as part of its annual Rotary Memorial Way.

Wise: 'I feel like I'm just part of a great team'

Chancellor Phyllis Wise said she never regretted her decision to take the University of Illinois job, nor did she consider leaving during all the turmoil that led to President Micheal Hogan's resignation last month.

Group runs to raise money to benefit Crisis Nursery

Their name may be a cheesy rip-off from television's longest-running crime series, but there's nothing inferior about the efforts of Team Law and Order.

Getting Personal: Christina Sanantonio

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with Monticello resident Christina Sanantonio, an activist against family violence, a mother and a collector of unique images. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.

Perennial Ebertfest attendee has written book on the critic

CHAMPAIGN — Todd Rendleman grew up in the small town of Anna in southern Illinois, loving movies. As a kid, he would check out only one movie at a time at a video store. He'd watch it on a Friday night and then watch it carefully again the next day.

He thought it sacrilegious that his friends would check out a stack of videos and view one after the other without discussing each movie.

Family returns from South Africa to C-U

CHAMPAIGN — A former Urbana business owner who had to leave the United States when he couldn't get permanent residency status is back — and once again in business.

Leon Odendaal, who operated PDQ Printing Services in Urbana from 2007 to 2010, returned to his native South Africa in 2011.

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