Immigration boosts C-U, Midwest populations

Xuequing Chen moved to Champaign almost seven years ago after a cousin talked her into buying the Peking Garden restaurant.

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Top of the Morning, July 17, 2014

It reached all of 70 degrees on Tuesday, a C-U record for lowest high on July 15 (the previous mark was 72 in 1992). Today's record low — 49 degrees in 1896 — might be in jeopardy.

"Enjoy it while it lasts," state climatologist Jim Angel said. "According to the National Weather Service, the warm, muggy weather we all know and love should be returning by the end of the week."

Area history, July 16, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

My Amish Home: Touring Americana on the Fourth

"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Meg Makes: Tuna salad perfect for a quick, easy meal

This time of year, I'm always looking for cool meal options.

So when Champaign resident Amy Armstrong mentioned that she had a tuna-salad recipe, I knew it would fit that description perfectly.

Amy says she prefers to eat this tuna salad on crackers, but you can enjoy it on bread, too.

Top of the Morning, July 16, 2014

Just because she has hit the big time doesn't mean 14-year-old Alora Rent can skip household chores.

"The consequences would be painful," she said.

Illinois Ancestors: New Irish Lives Remembered online

The July/August edition of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now available free on the Internet at The cover story spotlights actor George Clooney, whose Irish ancestors left County Kilkenny and settled in Kentucky.

You want fries with that?

Editor's note: Leading up to opening day, Tim Mitchell will introduce you to some of the faces of the Champaign County Fair. Today: Cullers clan still serving after all these years. Thursday: Livestock a family affair for Mahomet's Turners. Friday: Dewey's Susan Long, a motorcyclist on a mission

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Monmouth College honors

Monmouth College's Megan A. Haynes of Bismarck was inducted into Sigma Omicron Mu, an upperclass fraternity for students who maintain a 3.615 GPA or above. A senior business administration major, she is the daughter of Paul and Julianne Haynes of Bismarck.

This day in history: July 16, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2014. There are 168 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 16, 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo, N.M.

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