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.
A look at area do-gooders. This week: Women's Community Friendship Club of Champaign-Urbana
About the club
President: Rae Ann Climpson
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 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.
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.
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