Teaching a course he helped create brings honor

Engineering graduate student Biplab Deka — aka programming expert, Google intern and Couchsurfing world traveler — didn't touch his first computer until he was 18.

Neighbors Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Honoring UI student-athletes

The University of Illinois on Monday honored its best and brightest student-athletes at its annual all-sports celebration at the Wyndham Garden Hotel.

Town makes new Monticello administrator feel welcome

MONTICELLO — One word comes up often when you ask new Monticello City Administrator Bob Mahrt about his first few weeks in town.

Impressed. By staff, aldermen, even his neighbors.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Society running photo contest

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) invites its members to submit photos to its 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest. Winning photos are displayed (on a rotating basis) in the top banner of the ISGS website. Photos may be submitted from now until May 31.

Teacher of the week: Julie Warren

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek. This week...

Hanna: Zoos educate people

CHAMPAIGN — When Jack Hanna comes to the Virginia Theatre Friday, he'll be bringing some guests.

Expect some of these: a sloth, an echidna (an egg-laying mammal from Australia), a lemur from Madagascar, a kangaroo and a cheetah. Hanna will surprise us.

"My favorite animal is my wife," he joked in a phone interview, hopefully out of her earshot.

My Amish Home: Finishing chores as wedding nears

"But I say unto you, swear not at all: neither by heaven, for that is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by the head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Top of the morning, April 27, 2016

The iconic WILL radio booth that sits at the top row of Huff Hall's west balcony is on the way out.

When construction crews replace the gym's 2,814 upper deck wooden seats in the coming weeks, they'll also dismantle the cramped quarters that were once used by broadcasters covering Illinois basketball games.

"A historic spot," UI sports information director Kent Brown said.

Go figure: April 26, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


Special guests coming to Campustown this week — from both coasts ... and beyond.

Spotlight on Service, April 26, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Champaign County Humane Society

About the club

President: Anna Benjamin.

Origin: While it was first incorporated in 1903, the society's roots go back further, to 1889, when a group of 33 citizens organized a Champaign branch of the Illinois Humane Society.