Family overcomes struggles to move into new home

CHAMPAIGN — Lynelle Loy has known life as a longtime addict, a mom separated from her children, and a woman without a home.

But she worked hard to make changes, and her work is paying off just in time for Christmas with a new home for her and her children.

Johnson, Cultra make post-politics plans

Updated 7:40 p.m. Monday.

CHAMPAIGN — When his retirement from Congress becomes official next month, Tim Johnson plans to affiliate with the law firm of Frederick W. Nessler of Springfield, and to teach part-time at Illinois State University.

For the retirees Dec. 9, 2012

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

C-U Haiku Dec. 9, 2012

Drooping evergreen

Once again stays modest

Next to naked friends

— Jon Graven, Champaign

Letter from Birdland: Good night, moon - and chickens

This week, I haven't seen much of Birdland in the daylight. Oh, I run through the chores in the morning, but I'm really running.

Tom Kacich: Dems already looking ahead to 2014

It's been a whole month since Election Day, so isn't it time to look ahead to the 2014 election, particularly the 13th Congressional District race?

After all, victorious Republican Rodney Davis is almost a congressman; he'll be sworn in on Jan. 3.

Reluctant Townie: A tale of two 'Christmas Vacations'

Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday season to Midwesterners of a certain age (younger than the senior discount at McDonald's, older than the free Wi-Fi) like the 1989 film "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

Getting Personal: Mary Ellen O'Shaughnessey

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Mary Ellen O'Shaugnessey, who recently retired from the University of Illinois, where she was the executive assistant dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. 

Prosthetics project lands UI student scholarship for London

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student who launched a project to provide prosthetic arms to amputees in developing countries has won a prestigious scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.

Jonathan Naber, 23, of Waterloo was one of about 40 students in the U.S. selected as Marshall Scholars.

Studio Visit: Eszter Sápi

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with artist Eszter Sápi.

Q: I read that your artwork concerns immigration and the gay experience. Did you and your family immigrate to the United States?