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Studio Visit: Chris Reyman

Studio visit appears first in print, on Sundays. On Oct. 9, in The News-Gazette, Studio Visit will feature Kathleen Everingham. Here, a visit with artist Chris Reyman of Champaign.

Q: When did you start playing the accordion?

A: Just a couple of years ago.

Q: Why?


Kindness returned 10 years later

CHAMPAIGN — Not many people knew Ricky Greer was technically homeless as a high school junior and senior.

Not out-on-the-streets homeless, but forced to live at times with relatives and friends, separated from his sister and mom. She had lost her job, and the family hit "a rough patch," with no home of their own.


Alison Krauss at the Virginia Theater 2011

Photos from hometown favorite Alison Krauss show and the events surrounding the benefit for Crisis Nursery


Airline offers service between Willard and Fort Myers

SAVOY — Willard Airport will get nonstop air service to the Fort Myers, Fla., area twice a week, beginning Dec. 19.

Vision Airlines will make round trips on Mondays and Fridays through March 31, 2012, using a 150-seat Boeing 737 aircraft, the airline announced Wednesday.


Local 'Occupy' protesters to merge efforts

URBANA — A group of area residents concerned about financial greed, political corruption and the United States' participation in wars has been holding separate daily demonstrations in downtown Champaign and downtown Urbana for about a week.


New chancellor plans to listen

CHAMPAIGN — Chancellor Phyllis Wise said Tuesday that she's proud of the University of Illinois for its proactive handling of a law school data problem; she was aware of an earlier scandal, Category I, but it didn't figure into her decision to join Illinois; and promised to go on a listening tour of the campus.


Teen gets wish: to help favorite team during UI homecoming

When the Fighting Illini beat Northwestern this weekend, they had an extra member of the coaching staff to thank: 16-year-old Trenton Faullin.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation made Trenton's dream — serving as an honorary Illinois football coach for homecoming — a reality.


Urbana teacher trains for Ironman Triathlon

Urbana teacher trains for Ironman Triathlon: Play now!

     An Urbana school teacher is looking to inspire his students this weekend as he competes in a grueling athletic event. 

     Tim Ditman has the story.  Click the play icon to listen.

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Mahomet teen gets wish granted by Illini football team

Mahomet teen gets wish granted by Illini football team: Play now!

     A Mahomet teen had his lifelong wish come true this weekend when he got to experience a big Illini football win. 

     Tim Ditman has the story.  Click the play icon to listen.

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One of first Peace Corps volunteers treasures his time overseas

Fifty years ago, the Berlin Wall was not yet built, the term "Peace Corps" had just been invented and John F. Kennedy's idealism took hold in a young Army Reservist named Ron Peters.

Inspired by Kennedy, and his uncles' tales of overseas duty in World War II, Peters decided to see the world and use his teaching experience in a developing country.


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