Charity for homeless switching tactics

CHAMPAIGN — A local charity that set out to find homes for people living in the streets of Champaign-Urbana is heading in a new direction, looking to open a daytime drop-in center for the homeless and a halfway house for recovering drug addicts.

Are We There Yet: 'There's still work to do'

Fifty years ago is a long time when you’re 13.

Three generations. Half a century.

Family Life: It's time to unplug when you're with friends and family

By Chelsey Byers

It's always good to look back and identify the moments that made things good — and the areas of family life that you would like to improve upon.

Area history, Jan. 21, 2014

On Jan. 21:

Life Remembered: Bilek rose above wartime experiences

As a kid from the concrete streets of Chicago, Tony Bilek knew nothing about horticulture.

Sure, he recognized the endless fields of corn planted between his native city and Rantoul, where he was stationed at Chanute Field, but he gave little thought to plant life.

Back-to-school Q&A with UI chancellor

URBANA — Phyllis Wise didn't change much about the office she inherited when she became University of Illinois chancellor in 2011.

Same cherry-wood desk, same printer's cabinet in the corner, same artwork just outside her door (a wrought-iron door from the Chicago Board of Trade).

Top of the morning, Jan. 21, 2014

Some weekend leftovers ...

— Hope you enjoyed Dave Hinton's profile of John Giuliani, the big-timer from Rantoul who donated $5 milion toward State Farm Center renovation. I can assure you Giuliana's claim that he is an avid basketball fan — and not a corporate fancy dan trying to fit in with the C Section crowd — is legit.

Area history, Jan. 20, 2014

On Jan. 20:

Young speaker at first event reflects on King's dream

In 2002, as part of the first countywide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., then-13-year-old Kris Coombs Jr. told those in attendance:

"In case you don't recognize the future, here I stand. We want to seize the dream and put it into action."

Top of the Morning, Jan. 20, 2014: From the archives

If you're going to commemorate a man who was a great orator, you're going to want to bring in some first-class speakers.

Since its inception in 2002, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration has done just that.

Some examples: