Area history, Oct. 19, 2015

In 1915, Ray Barnett, a prominent Danville attorney whose job it was to keep a record of the addresses and movements of women of the underworld and to report cases for prosecution, was charged with eight counts of extortion. It was charged that while an agent for the federal government, he took weekly collections of money from women of the underworld for protection against prosecutors.

Rob Kanter: A field trip to part of the state that looks nothing like most of the state

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work at the University of Illinois is teaching a one-credit-hour field course that runs during the first half of the fall semester.

Business listings, Oct. 18, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

D & G Cleaning, P.O. Box 673, St. Joseph, Tayler Garrett, same address, and Kallie Daniels, 2113 W. White St., C.

D20 Stitchery, 3010 Kyle St., U, Mariana Simon-Toledo, same address.

Feels Good, 106 W. Washington St., U, Jason Ebaugh, same address.

Studio Visit: Glen Davies

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Glen Davies, 64, of Urbana, an artist and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois School of Art + Design, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Are these collages new?

Getting Personal: Ronda D. Holliman

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 44-year-old Urbana resident Ronda D. Holliman, a former prosecutor and newly named judge, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Tell us something new in your life.

Training to run Ragnar Tennessee, a group relay marathon of almost 200 miles from Chattanooga to Nashville.

Campus memories: Classic UI haunts

With more than 40,000 University of Illinois students spread out from engineering on the north to agriculture on the south, many have met somewhere near the middle, at places like the Illini Union and Green Street. Still, memories of the campus are diverse indeed.

Area history, Oct. 18, 2015

Today is Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Letter from Birdland: Our chicken coop had some uninvited guests

It's a sunny day in Birdland, and the corn is all in. I never did get my ride, but there is always next year.

Sometimes when I see Jim and Sean in the fields with their big combine and grain truck, I drop what I'm doing and run out to thumb a ride in the combine. But this year, I had too much to drop.

Reluctant Townie's reader mail: Cubs, Whoppers and nudies

Many of you may be unaware, and I am legally required to inform you, that due to a settlement from a daytime streaking charge from the 1990s, as a form of community service, I am required to answer reader mail at least twice per year.

With that being said:

For the retirees, Oct. 18-25, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.