CHAMPAIGN — With math and science being her favorite subjects, it's not surprising that Ranija Turner is considering a career in medicine.
The 17-year-old from Champaign has already spent more time in hospitals than most teens because her father has suffered from a debilitating heart condition for the last 10 years.
For 22 years, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois has recognized outstanding women for their contributions to their communities and for being role models to young women.
At a Thursday banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Ranija Turner will be honored as the Young Woman of Distinction.
There wasn't anything that Roger Ebert tried that he wasn't stunningly successful at. After years of valiant resistance, he succumbed to cancer Thursday. He leaves behind a staggering body of multidimensional work. And here is where it all began, when we were young reporters.
By BILL LYON
For The Philadelphia Inquirer
In Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," Clarence the angel tells George Bailey that when a man "isn't around he leaves an awful hole."
If the wonderful life of film critic Roger Ebert is leaving behind a hole, it's quickly being filled with stories of friendship and love.
DANVILLE — Vermilion County businesswoman, community volunteer and philanthropist Sybil Mervis was named the 2012 First Citizen by the Danville Chapter of AMBUCS, members announced Thursday.
A banquet honoring Mervis is being planned at Turtle Run Banquet Center in Danville. Details will be released at a later date.
Chaz Ebert, whom Roger Ebert married in 1992, after having been a bachelor, was his rock, his foundation.
"How can I begin to tell you about Chaz?" he wrote. "She fills my horizon; she is the great fact of my life; she is the love of my life; she saved me from the fate of living out my life alone, which is where I seemed to be heading.
June 18, 1942: Born at Mercy Hospital in Urbana, the only child of Walter and Annabel Ebert. His father was an electrician at the University of Illinois, and his mother was a bookkeeper for the Allied Finance Co. The Eberts lived at 410 E. Washington St., U.
URBANA — The simple sign, hand-printed in black ink and left in front of Roger Ebert's childhood home in Urbana, says it all:
"Roger loved Urbana, and Urbana loves Roger!"
Roger Ebert will no longer physically be in the back of Champaign's Virginia Theatre, but Roger Ebert's Film Festival will go on.
And not just this year.
The $1 million gift that Mr. Ebert and his wife, Chaz, gave to his alma mater, the University of Illinois College of Media, established a film studies program in the famed critic's name.
CHAMPAIGN — Crisp and clear, the past is here.
On the walls of the Illinois Terminal are displayed a downtown Champaign not seen for decades.
Looking west on Main Street, there's Vriner's confectionary, the old Champaign Daily News and, looming over the background, the only recently lost Metropolitan Building.