The long view of politics

After a half-century of working to hold local governments accountable and standing up for women's rights, four members of the Champaign County League of Women Voters will join its exclusive 50-year-member club at a wine and cheese social today at Milo's Restaurant. Staff writer Nicole Lafond caught up with the honorees for a few questions.

Spotlight on Service, Dec. 15, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Women's Community Friendship Club of Champaign-Urbana

About the club

President: Rae Ann Climpson

Top of the morning, Dec. 15, 2015

The joy of speaking to classes like Pam Furrer's at Urbana Middle School is meeting kids like Micah Aikens. He's 14, in eighth grade and wants to be a writer.

I told him on Monday I'd save him a spot at The News-Gazette once he finishes school.

He said he'd like to start with a tour of our newsroom. Not a problem.

Ebertfest 2015 retrospective online now

CHAMPAIGN — The latest Shatterglass Studios' mini-documentary on Ebertfest is live and online, thanks to Indiewire.

Indiewire posted the "featurette" Monday. Most of the 13-minute documentary was shot at the 17th annual Ebertfest in April 2015 but includes footage from earlier Roger Ebert's Film Festivals, including of Roger Ebert, who died in 2013.

Those Who Served: Retired UI prof played vital role behind scenes in WWII

Retired UI professor got equipment to soldiers to enable them to do jobs

URBANA — Maj. Gerald Brighton served nearly all of World War II in the South Pacific, Australia and New Guinea.

A retired University of Illinois professor and former Urbana City Council member, Brighton, 95, spent five years in the service but never fired a shot.

12 stories of Christmas 2015: The power of PJs

CHAMPAIGN — Tonia Kirby has never underestimated the power of a warm pair of pajamas.

"We want our kids to be fed. We want them to have warm coats and gloves. But we also want them to be warm in their beds at night when they're sleeping," says the Robeson Elementary School teacher. "If they don't get a good night's sleep, they're not going to be able to perform at school."

Area history, Dec. 14, 2015

In 1915, in what is claimed by many to be the most brutal and inexcusable murder in the history of Champaign County, Urbana resident Harry Slade killed his 11-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son and severely wounded a turnkey at the county jail who was attempting to arrest him. Slade was on one of his periodic drunks and was threatening his family. Mrs.

For the retirees, Dec. 13-20, 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 Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Cruising the Danube River

By Bill Ackermann

On Oct. 16, the first five members of 13 friends landed in Budapest, with the other eight following two days later.

We were met by staff members from Viking River Cruises and weather a few degrees lower than Champaign, with overcast conditions.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 13, 2015

With caffeine-inhaling, finals-cramming season here, we asked some of the best and brightest on the UI (or any other) campus: What's the worst grade you got in school?


Professor, Animal Sciences and Genomic Biology; named American Academy of Microbiology Fellow in January