He's running with a purpose

CHAMPAIGN — Jordy McNamara never thought of himself as a runner, but a special purpose turned him into one.

A 20-year-old University of Illinois junior, McNamara will be running in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on Saturday to help local nonprofit organizations.

Hard work, AVID pay off for Dell Scholar, 17

DANVILLE — Keyira Jones knows some of those students who seem to get good grades without really trying. She is not one of them.

"I have to work at it," said the Danville High School senior, who has earned mostly A's and will graduate with high honors this spring.

Ebertfest guest Patton Oswalt will take visit to next level: Screening a classic

Editor's note: Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert announced late Wednesday that Patton Oswalt had to cancel his Ebertfest appearances. He is tied up in New York, shooting the Ben Stiller-directed "Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Marathon races to affect bus service Friday, Saturday

URBANA — Champaign-Urbana bus service will be affected by the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races Friday evening and for several hours on Saturday.

AIDS remains serious threat, activist warns

CHAMPAIGN — When he was younger, Mike Benner nearly lost his life to drugs, alcohol and suicide.

Now he tells his story to younger people every chance he gets, hoping they'll learn from his mistakes.

"If my story can help just one person, it's worthwhile to me," says Benner, executive director of the Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central Illinois.

Haircuts raise $30,000 for childhood-cancer research

CHAMPAIGN — More than 80 volunteers raised cash by lowering their ears during a St. Baldrick's Foundation event Sunday at Ikenberry Commons on the University of Illinois campus.

Participants shaved their heads to raise an estimated $30,000 for childhood-cancer research, said event organizer John Wiencek, a UI senior.

Peck is AMBUCS First Citizen

DANVILLE — Judd Peck may be best known as a leader in business and industry.

But peers say that for years, the Danville Metal Stamping president and CEO also has been a driving force behind improving education, health care and the quality of life for people in Vermilion County and beyond.

Getting Personal: Eva Jehle

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with Eva Jehle, office manager for the Champaign County Democrats who has been a state caseworker and guardian.

Volunteers still needed for 'critically important' marathon slots

CHAMPAIGN — Organizers for the Christie Clinic Illinois marathon are putting out a call for more volunteers — 205, to be exact.

Of that number, at least 88 are needed for what organizers call "critically important" course jobs.

Civil War hero's grave unmarked no more

DANVILLE — For more than a century, the unmarked grave of Civil War soldier Martin McHugh has gone unnoticed in a grassy area underneath the shade of a large tree at the east end of Resurrection Cemetery in Danville.