Top of the morning, April 30, 2016

Allie Hill will be easy to spot today.

She's the bald, 22-year-old with a smile on her face.

"I'm going to be proud of my bald head," Allie said before Friday night's mass shaving during the Illini's baseball game at Illinois Field, "but I'm a bit scared of my head burning, so I've stocked up on baseball caps."

Rain or shine, race officials prepared

CHAMPAIGN — Should another bout of wicked weather disrupt Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, there won't be a repeat of 2015, organizers vow.

What's in a name? Sangamon River

If you needed to survive along the Sangamon River, there's a good chance you'd be able to, based on what's swimming in the 246-mile river that flows from rural Ellsworth in McLean County to the Illinois River near Beardstown.

'The idea of serving my country very much appealed to me'

Lt. Col. Shane Sullivan will soon add another high honor to a crowded collection that includes a  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Only this one isn't for the career military man's work at the Pentagon or in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Poet laureate spends time with students, faculty at UI

URBANA — At noon Thursday, University of Illinois senior Katie Pollman stopped by the Department of Latina/Latino Studies building, wanting to meet and hear U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

Afterward, she called the "Inside Scoop" lunch with the nation's first Latino Poet Laureate "incredible."

Religion calendar, April 29-May 6, 2016

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Area history, April 29, 2016

Today is Friday, April 29, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, April 29, 2016

The folks in charge of Gibson City's Harvest Moon Drive-In want you to vote. Early and often. Remember, it's Illinois.

The outdoor movieplex has been nominated as one of the nation's top drive-ins by USA Today. Fans are allowed to vote once a day until May 23. The Top 10 will be featured in the newspaper.

Just 1 question: What makes your character special?

For the first time in 10 years, Meade Park Elementary students will have their chance to shine on stage.

Area history, April 28, 2016

In 1916, Mrs. William "Toots" Mullin, who a week ago shot and killed Roy Ludwick at her home in Champaign, was not held for murder by the grand jury but was indicted on eight counts of selling liquor.