Getting Personal: Jake Schumacher

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Jake Schumacher, manager for Urbana Public Television and a musician. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. In the Feb. 5 newspaper, we'll have a chat with Urbana police Chief Patrick Connolly.

Saraswati Puja

Images from a celebration of the Saraswati Puja festival by area members of the Bengali community at the Urbana Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.

Prosthetic arm project expanding

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student-led effort to develop a low-cost prosthetic arm for people in developing countries has expanded to different parts of the world.

"We're growing into a more global organization," said IPT President Adam Booher, outlining the group's progress to an audience of 65 at the UI Research Park this week.

Teen faces long recovery, but lucky to survive wreck

SPRINGFIELD — A Champaign teen critically injured in a weekend crash that killed his friend told his mother he thought he was going to die.

Champaign woman off to Haiti for sixth time since quake

CHAMPAIGN — In the past two years, Leanna Cossman has made five trips to Haiti to help care for the country's sick and suffering people.

And she's not done yet.

Cossman is preparing to make her sixth trip to Haiti in February with a small group planning to conduct medical training.

"I can't wait to get back," she said. "I feel I've been gone forever."

New movie offers reason to recall Tuskegee Airmen's time in Rantoul

On March 22, 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron — the first unit of the Tuskegee Airmen — was activated not in Tuskegee, Ala., but at an Army Air Corps training facility in Illinois known as Chanute Field.

Tax help program finds new home

CHAMPAIGN — Residents of the Champaign-Urbana area who need help filing taxes can get it from AARP Tax-Aide volunteers at the Stevick Senior Center in downtown Champaign, beginning Feb. 6.

Studio Visit: Vanessa Burgett

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with graphic designer Vanessa Burgett. In the Jan. 29 newspaper, we'll have a visit with percussionist Ricardo Flores.

Q: Are you on the board of CUDO (Champaign Urbana Design Organization)?

Getting Personal: Mary Henson

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, News-Gazette features editor Tony Mancuso chats with Mary Henson, the wife of University of Illinois coaching legend Lou Henson. Getting Personal appears first in print., in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. In the Jan.

Anthony Cobb announced as new Champaign police chief

Champaign announced Anthony Cobb as the new chief of police at the City Building in Champaign, IL.  Friday, January 27, 2012.