History on display at courthouse

URBANA — Seven score and 15 years ago, the women of Lombard and other small towns west of Chicago sent their husbands, sons, boyfriends and brothers off to war with a large, hand-sewn American flag.

Kelly Strom: Behind the Music

This past week, Styx and Cheap Trick graced our presence with a concert at the newly minted Grange Grove concert venue. Being a big fan of classic rock, and Styx in particular, I was elated! In advance of their performance, I picked up a few books that I found incredibly interesting.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, June 26, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Someone told about a blind man who stood at a busy intersection, waving toward all the passing cars. When asked why he did that, he said that there might be someone in one of those cars whom he knew and he didn't want to miss the opportunity.

This day in history, June 26, 2016

Today is Sunday, June 26, the 178th day of 2016. There are 188 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 26, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples had the right to marry nationwide as it overturned bans in 14 states.

On this date:

Studio Visit: Jessica Elliott

Jessica Elliott, 21, Urbana, will be a University of Illinois senior this fall in theater studies and is the director of CUTC's Kathy Murphy Student Production of "Oliver!" The final show will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Parkland College.

How do you feel "Oliver!" is going?

Free kids movie series set to begin

CHAMPAIGN — The Art Theater Co-op offers broad programming, reaching out to various groups of people.

But a gaping hole at the Art and elsewhere in Champaign-Urbana is programming for families and children. So the Art has come up with "Smart Kids," a "consciously curated collection of films" that starts Saturday.

Letter from Birdland: A look at the colorful past, present of Ireland

I imagine it's hot in Birdland, but here in Dublin it's cool and damp, and I like it. We took a day trip out to Sandymount to climb the James Joyce Tower and read the first chapter of "Ulysses."

Seoul: A city of contrasts

By Vivienne Mackie

Susan McKinney: Eric Liddell: The runner who lived and died for God

If you've seen the movie "Chariots of Fire," you know who Eric Liddell was. For those who haven't, Liddell was the greatest sprinter in the world in 1924.

He went to the Paris Olympics but refused to run the 100-meter race because it was held on Sunday. He faced ridicule from the British Olympic committee, fellow athletes and most of the world's press.

C-U haiku, June 26, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

The hot sun 

A lead pipe against my head


— William Reger, Champaign