Area history, Jan. 15, 2016

Today is Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

What's in a name? Cherry Hills

Each week, staff writer Marcus Jackson explores the origin of a local landmark. Today: Cherry Hills

Fisher Fair queen takes shot at state title

These days, she's simply Karson Pacunas, 20-year-old Parkland College student and First Financial Bank of Mahomet teller.

But for at least one weekend — and maybe more — Pacunas gets to play royalty again, along with 69 other pageant winners from across the state who'll vie for the crown of 2016 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen at Springfield's Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Religion calendar, Jan. 15-22, 2016

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'She lives the mission every day'

CHAMPAIGN — Janice McAteer's job isn't just about raising money for a good cause.

It's personal — a cause that's been part of her life since she was born.

Top of the morning, Jan. 15, 2016

Guests at today's Illini Rebounders luncheon (11:15 a.m, Hilton Garden Inn) might want to clear the plates and glasses off the tables quickly. Former Illini Lucas Johnson is the speaker and you never know when he will go diving for a loose ball. Just for old time's sake.

4 finalists offer ideas for Champaign library's future

CHAMPAIGN — In a mostly full council chambers, the four finalists for the Champaign Public Library director opening discussed their visions for the future during a two-hour public forum Thursday night.

For three of them, that starts with addressing the facility's recent budget woes.

Life Remembered: Palmer was 'a mentor to everybody'

SAVOY — The dean of Champaign County lawyers is being remembered for his work ethic, his willingness to teach other lawyers, his devotion to family, and most of all, his great stories.

Charles "Charlie" Palmer, 84, died at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana Wednesday after having suffered a stroke Monday at the Windsor of Savoy, where he had lived a little over a year.

Just 1 question: What did you learn while teaching?

Uni High juniors and seniors are teaching Urbana elementary students about chemistry. Not by mixing liquids in test tubes or memorizing the periodic table of elements, but through learning how to make sidewalk chalk and cyanotyping to measure sunlight.