Urbana neighborhood: Preservation vs. development

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URBANA — The city of Urbana has a conundrum: the historic neighborhood east of campus is too beautiful to mess with, yet too valuable to not develop.

John Roska: Can heir take over house payments?

Q: My mother recently passed away. I'd like to take over the payments on her house loan, and eventually pay it off so I end up as the owner. Can I do that?

A: Yes — if you're an heir and live in the house. Related heirs who "occupy" the house have the right to continue making someone's payments after they die.

Richard J. Leskosky: Irony at, not in, the movies

At the multiplex, not all the irony appears on the screen, as I found out last week. In my previous column, I wrote that not having signs announcing which film is playing in which auditorium presents at the very least a potential disservice to multiplex patrons.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, June 5, 2016

We asked 10 folks from Lovie Smith's past to tell us their best story about the UI's new football coach.


Former mayor of Big Sandy, Texas

Pet Talk: Golden group

By JIM MCFARLIN/University of Illinois Collegeof Veterinary Medicine

Wednesdays at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital are affectionately known as Golden Wednesdays.

It's Your Business: Lincoln Square shop doubles space

A store that sells clothing and other items for babies has moved into the south wing of Lincoln Square in Urbana.

Unique Baby Gifts opened at its new location at Suite 124A on May 18, according to store owner Nancy Medrow.

Top of the morning, June 5, 2016

Of course the cast covering her broken right wrist is orange.

"I told them when they were putting it on that I didn't care," Lila Jeanne "Shorty" Eichelberger said. "But my friend who was with me told them it had to be orange."

Area history, June 4, 2016

Today is Saturday, June 4, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Sandra Mason: Worth the wait

We are a society of instant gratification and instant ratification. We want it to look good now, and we want instant confirmation that it looks good.

Gardeners are no different. We want our new gardens to look picture-ready or at least a vision of sweat-worthy accomplishment. But some plants just don't buy into our need for deed.

Bob Swisher: Cattail, Willow dominant in world of glass

My mother, Marty Swisher, and my aunt, Mary McFetridge, were collectors of glass as long as I can remember.

I was discharged from the Navy in 1955, and they both were going to venues such as auctions, garage sales, retail stores and private estates that gave them an opportunity to buy glass.