Swift thinking made Paxton woman's dream come true

PAXTON — For a while, Shanna Canarini kept the secret.

The 23-year-old graphic designer, however, was looking for a job — and showing her prospective employer the top-secret masterpiece she created seemed like it might give her a leg up on other candidates.

So, she figured out a way to reveal during the interview process what few others had already seen.

Area history, Dec. 31, 2016

Today is Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Clergy Corner, Dec. 30, 2016

It's not No. 1 on many New Year's resolution lists, but give tithing a try, experts say, and you'll end up feeling even better than the overweight chain smoker who sheds 50 pounds, a bad habit and a mountain of debt.

"Giving will not make you poorer but make you richer," says DAVID ALMY, pastor of United Methodist churches in Indianola and Ridge Farm.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 30, 2016

Steve Kelly's "SportsTalk," "Saturday SportsTalk" with Michael Kiser and Loren Tate, and Jim Turpin's "A Penny For Your Thoughts" were WDWS 1400-AM's biggest podcast draws — by show — in 2016 at

Kelly's Illinois-centric show checks in at No. 1.

Area history, Dec. 30, 2016

Today is Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

'He meant the world to Sidney'

SIDNEY — As revelers ring in the new year, people here will be gathering for a more somber reason: to pay tribute to a community leader who passed away unexpectedly.

Keith Kropp, 48, the owner of Redneck Apparel in downtown Sidney, died after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday morning.

Notes-worthy: Nicole Collett Mohr

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Nickel & Dimes vocalist Nicole Collett Mohr:

Just 1 Question: Gifford middle-schoolers' 2017 resolutions

The new year is fast approaching, and adults aren't the only folks thinking about self-improvement. Ahead of the holidays, Nicole Lafond asked middle-schoolers from Gifford: What's your resolution for 2017?

Count It: Immigrants

Between now and New Year's, we'll dive deep into new population estimate data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

TODAY: With immigration talk so prevalent these days, we looked into the foreign-born populations of 65 area towns, many of which have a rich international flavor.

The 12 biggest communities

Area history, Dec. 29, 2016

Today is Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago: