Illinois Ancestors: Lincoln birthdays detailed on Web

In commemoration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday today, it seems fitting to look back to Feb. 12 in years past to learn how Lincoln spent his "special day."

Top of the Morning, Feb. 12, 2014

He's tall and well-spoken and has a wardrobe from the 1860s. When it comes to impersonating birthday boy Abraham Lincoln, Max Daniels has few peers.

"I was cast in a play in 1987 as Mr. Lincoln. It was supposed to be over after three weeks, but I kept on going," Daniels said. "We've made a living out of what we've been doing."

Bement organization lacks volunteers; celebrations may suffer

BEMENT — Bement's Fourth of July celebration and Christmas Parade are at risk of not being held in 2014 with the announcement that the Bement Community Council will suspend activities for the year.

Rantoul official helps Washington recover from tornado

RANTOUL — A village of Rantoul official has played a prominent role in assisting the tornado-ravaged community of Washington, Ill., in its rebuilding efforts.

The Tazewell County community was raked by a tornado Nov. 17 — the same day a tornado caused heavy damage to Gifford.

Area history, Feb. 11, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

Class aims to help smokers quit

CHAMPAIGN — Carletta Donaldson was a smoker for nearly four decades, until a landmark birthday coming up galvanized her to say "enough."

"I was just tired of smoking," she recalls.

UI prof's website tackles decision-making

URBANA — Should I get a tattoo?

How should I impress my girlfriend's mother?

Should I go to graduate school or find a full-time job?

When faced with decisions, many of us will talk it over with friends and family or pull out a legal pad and write down the pros and cons.

But decisions can be full of uncertainties and not all of us have learned decision-making skills.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 11, 2014

Some radio reminders, weekend leftovers and online updates:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 10, 2014: From the archives

It was a time of kerosene heaters, candles and flashlights.

Of darkened streets and smashed car roofs.

Of tree limbs everywhere.

Valentine's Day 1990 was no treat to anyone. Ice coated trees throughout East Central Illinois, bringing the limbs down on top of power lines, houses and cars and plunging the area into darkness that, in some cases, would remain for weeks.

UI grad nominated for honorary degree

A Nobel Prize-winning geneticist considered a pioneer in the biotechnology industry has been nominated to receive an honorary degree from the University of Illinois this spring.