Today is Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
We're in the process of remodeling the newsroom at our downtown Champaign office. Thanks to Mark Billings, we have something to hang on the wall when we're finished.
To show his appreciation for our coverage of Gifford's response to November's tornado, Mark hand-crafted and hand-delivered the sign. Here's his note that came with it:
RANTOUL — About 200 new jobs will be coming to Rantoul as a result of a shift in employment at AT&T.
The company will relocate the positions from its Springfield facility to its Rantoul call center at 1 Aviation Center Drive on the former Chanute Air Force Base.
RANTOUL — Commencement exercises for Lincoln's Challenge Academy class 42 will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rantoul Township High School.
About 260 former Illinois high school dropouts will graduate from the Illinois National Guard youth program.
PAXTON — The Pueblo Lindo restaurant in Paxton is donating a percentage of its sales Wednesday to a fund set up to help cover medical expenses of Jordan Reynolds, a Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student fighting chronic myelogenous leukemia.
Reynolds and a friend will be at the restaurant Wednesday helping serve patrons. The restaurant is located at 124 W. State St.
DANVILLE — Joe Tanner knows something about setting high goals.
His was about 200 miles above Earth.
The 64-year-old astronaut eventually reached that lofty target, but not until his 40s, when he was chosen as a crew member for the first of his four space shuttle missions.
CHAMPAIGN — National radio host Jim Bohannon will visit Champaign-Urbana next week to speak at a state broadcasters' meeting and deliver his nightly show from the Neil Street studios of WDWS.
Bohannon will be keynote speaker for the Illinois Broadcasting Association's Illinois Broadcaster of the Year luncheon on June 18 at the I Hotel and Conference Center.
MONTICELLO — Washington Elementary students are required to read at least 20 minutes outside of class time every day — seven days a week. But that's no sweat for fourth-grader Sophie Happ, who spends at least four times that amount curled up with a good book as part of her daily routine.