Clary retires from Vermilion County judgeship

DANVILLE — As a new Vermilion County circuit judge, Michael Clary grew frustrated when he saw the same faces coming before him on shoplifting, theft and other charges, that he, as the state's attorney, had prosecuted for those same offenses, often repeatedly.

In many of those cases, the underlying problems were drugs and alcohol.

Music prize in Chicago to be named for UI student who died in crash

CHICAGO — A music prize in Chicago will carry the name of University of Illinois junior Mimi Liu, who was killed in a traffic accident on campus Wednesday.

UI student who died was 'sweet, enthusiastic, smart'

URBANA — A small pile of orange carnations lay on the sidewalk along Lincoln Avenue Thursday, the beginnings of a memorial to a promising University of Illinois agribusiness student killed by a pickup truck that ran off the road.

DACC to present honors at Founders' Day

DANVILLE — Back in 1968, Peggy Gardner went to Danville Junior College to enroll in classes. She wasn't looking for a job.

But Gardner, a Danville school district secretary, stopped in to say hello to some former colleagues who worked at the college.

Director leaving Orpheum; facility contemplates expansion

CHAMPAIGN — The Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign will be looking for a new executive director after former Executive Director Sonya Darter resigned earlier this month.

Darter said she's leaving on good terms.

Life Remembered: Unity grad brightened days for others

PHILO — A May graduate of Unity High School is being remembered by those who knew and loved her.

Annie Daly, 19, who died in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday, had been a member of the cross-country and track teams at the school.

David Behm coached Ms. Daly for a year.

Ex-Parkland player to ump NLCS

Former Parkland College baseball player and current major league umpire Mark Carlson will work the National League Championship Series pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Arts scene on the upswing in downtown Tuscola

It's the first Saturday evening in October, and dusk has fallen in Tuscola.

The downtown looks dark and deserted, especially along Sale Street, the main east-west drag.

But around the corner, the building at 100 Main St. is lit up, with autumn decorations outside and in.

Some worry about changing insurers - and doctors - during treatment

ST. JOSEPH — Waiting to hear details of new Medicare Advantage plans for state retirees has been tough for Nancy Bishop.

She and her husband, Terry, both 69, are state retirees who have been covered by one of the rejected bidders for a new state contract, Health Alliance Medical Plans. And Terry Bishop is in the midst of cancer treatments at Carle and might have to change doctors.

Nobel winner spent five years on UI faculty

URBANA — Fresh from a post-doctoral fellowship in Europe, Martin Karplus was looking to join a university where he could focus on his chemistry research.