UI concert was good time - or a lot of noise

CHAMPAIGN — Most of the people who attended an outdoor concert on the University of Illinois campus Thursday night weren't even a gleam in their parents' eyes the last time there was an outdoor entertainment fest of that magnitude in town.

Studio Visit: Bonnie Switzer

Studio visit appears first in print, on Sundays. Here, Melissa Merli visits Bonnie Switzer of Urbana.

Q: I read in your artist's statement at Urbana City Hall that you started painting in 1988.

Getting Personal: Paul Curtis

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Meg Dickinson chats with Champaign resident Paul Curtis.

Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. In the Oct. 23 newspaper, Melissa Merli chats with Urbana resident Danielle Chynoweth, 39.

Libyan-born UI professor relieved for home country upon Gadhafi's death

Libyan-born UI professor relieved for home country upon Gadhafi's death: Play now!

    For one University of Illinois professor, the death of Moammar Gadhafi means a lot more than it would to most Americans.  WDWS news reporter Tim Ditman has the story.


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Norris will follow Culver to E. St. Louis

CHAMPAIGN — The deputy superintendent of Champaign schools is joining her former boss in the East St. Louis school district, leaving two high-level vacancies behind in Unit 4.

Winners of the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medals

Remarks by the president at the presentation of the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medals

Pioneer Trail Wind Farm open house

Visitors pack a tent as officials with E. On Climate & Renewables  hold an open house at Pioneer Trail Wind Farm outside of Paxton, Ill on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. E. On officials, with some help, later ceremoniously pushed the buttons, seen in foreground, to power up several turbines in conclusion of the event. 

Champaign deputy chief to retire in March

CHAMPAIGN — Not long after Police Chief R.T. Finney retires in January, the department is expected to lose one of its second-in-command, Deputy Chief John Murphy.

Murphy, 48, said on Tuesday that he plans to retire on March 12, 26 years to the day after being sworn in as a Champaign police officer.

UI researcher shares her insights into the life and death of her daughter, best-selling author Iris Chang

URBANA — Urbana author Iris Chang's life burned brightly, with enormous success for her book "The Rape of Nanking," a happy marriage, a beloved baby. She was a natural beauty who succeeded at everything she tried.

Her life also had its lows.

Super-couponing: Retailers weigh in on high-volume couponers

Last week, I shared feedback from readers who had strong opinions on shoppers who buy in bulk.

"Shelf-sweepers" came in for a lot of criticism from fellow shoppers who feel that it's only fair to leave product on the shelf so other bargain hunters have a chance to save.

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