Wilmer Otto might be coordinating the first-ever "facial transplant" of a historic facade onto a building he owns in Arcola, but don't be deceived.
For Otto, there's nothing superficial about the beauty of restoring the stamped-tin facade. It's a way for him to preserve the past and raise historical awareness – a major goal in his many restoration projects.
When your body, or a nasty virus invading it, cooks up a batch of genes, helicases – an enzyme, or type of catalyzing protein molecule – appear to be bigger than Betty Crocker in the kitchen.
The tasks performed by the proteins apparently include the unwinding of the tightly coiled ribbonlike DNA and RNA molecules containing the instructions for gene making.
SPRINGFIELD – The son of a Tuscola resident has assumed command of the Illinois National Guard.
Brig. Gen. William L. Enyart took over command of the Guard during a ceremony Saturday morning at the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
URBANA – On a warm September day, in a square, nonair-conditioned room halfway up Altgeld Hall's tower, 73-year-old Sue Wood hustled across wooden floorboards.
In front of the giant clavier, or keyboard, she pushed lever after lever while moving side to side.
URBANA – A grade school teacher for many years, Gloria Wilhelm has continued her mission of educating, in a different way, for the past year.
Her message is clear and concise: "Drive now, talk later. It only takes a second to cause an eternal heartbreak."
DANVILLE – It's been a tough year for Danville residents Joe and Janet Burns. Both were diagnosed with cancer.
"I still can't believe it," said 49-year old Janet, wisps of hair escaping her pink baseball cap. "I'm still in shock."
CHAMPAIGN – Documents released by the former employer of fired C-U public health director Vito Palazzolo show board members were blocked from talking about his employment there – except in a letter that gives him a good recommendation.
The News-Gazette asked for the documents from the Ottawa County, Mich., health department under the Freedom of Information Act.
Christie Alekna and Bernadette Gil have seen signs, signals and chain fences on University of Illinois campus streets.
"They even put up little chains so people are walking in the crosswalks," said Alekna, a 19-year-old sophomore.
DANVILLE – Vermilion County Probation Supervisor Bill Day had one piece of advice for probation officer Mark Learnard when he left to take a teaching job at Danville High School earlier this month: Don't let the seniors sell you an elevator pass.
When he was a student, the seniors would sell "elevator passes" to the younger students as a joke, but students weren't allowed on the school's freight elevator, Day recalled.
URBANA – Urbana and Danville laid a hero to rest Saturday, with a line of dozens of cars and motorcycles following Spc. Justin Penrod's hearse from his funeral to Danville National Cemetery.
Spc. Penrod, 24, who lived in Danville, Rantoul and Mahomet before he was killed in his second tour of duty in Iraq, was remembered as a loving brother, father, son and husband Saturday at Urbana Assembly of God Church.