Award-winning care is their mission

In a bequest from the late Martin Wagner, a UI professor, the Gloria Valenti Awards were established six years ago to honor health care professionals who have touched the lives of others with their compassionate care and professional standards.

Big 10: How'd you ask your date to homecoming?

Back from last week by popular demand: We asked romantics from area high schools to describe how they asked their date to the homecoming dance.



Reluctant Townie: All-day breakfast, or: the death of me

There was a time in my life when I woke up early for McDonald's breakfast.

Top of the morning, Oct. 11, 2015

The kids at Carrie Busey Elementary love their recess and not just for the chance to run around like banshees.

On a given day, there might be as many young bucks in the school's garden as there are on the jungle gym.

Updated: Want to see 'Consumed' here? Let your voice be heard

CHAMPAIGN — The first screening of "Consumed," the independent movie shot entirely in Champaign County last year, is sold out.

Homer Opera House reopening celebration on Oct. 17

HOMER — The Homer Opera House will officially reopen with a celebration on Oct. 17.

The Saturday event features a concert at 6 p.m. with a range of musical performers, from bluegrass to rock 'n' roll, to folk rock, even some rap and show tunes.

Share your memories of White Hall

RANTOUL — For half a century, White Hall was used by hundreds — if not thousands — of personnel stationed at the former Chanute Air Force Base. It was a small city unto itself — 500,000 square feet, the equivalent of two city blocks — under one roof.

Demolition of the complex is scheduled to begin this month.

Area history, Oct. 10, 2015

Today is Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

An inspiration

DANVILLE — When Ghaliyah "Gigi" Cunningham was three months old, doctors told her mother that her daughter had Down syndrome and would never walk.

The Danville girl proved them wrong when she took her first steps at age 2.

Meet one of the most influential minds in tech

Internet freedom activist SASCHA MEINRATH, back in town today for the 15th anniversary of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, was named to Newsweek's 2012 Digital Power Index Top 100 influencers for his efforts to develop open-source, low-cost community wireless networks and for his role in fighting the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts.