Rivalry? What rivalry?

The two Champaign high school drama departments are teaming up to take the community under the sea.

Campus losing top fundraiser

URBANA — Former Chancellor Phyllis Wise's top fundraiser is leaving the University of Illinois to return to the University of Washington, even as the Urbana campus ramps up for a major campaign in 2017.

Meg Makes: Champion chili a departure from norm

Today's recipes are a second installment of chili dishes I snagged after judging a chili cook-off at Prairie Winds of Urbana, a local assisted-living community with a passion for food.

I ran the first two winners' recipes earlier this month.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Library of Congress Magazine online

The most recent issue of the Library of Congress Magazine (January/February 2016; Vol. 5, No. 1) is now available for viewing/downloading (free) at

Teacher of the week: Yolanda Harrington

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

This week...

Area history, Feb. 17, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Feb. 17, 2016

We run Milestones of all kinds on Wednesdays. Something to get you there:

To celebrate their wedding day in October, Courtney Jespersen and Jared Neidel are going to Disneyland.

It won't take long to get there.

Health department again promotes from within

DANVILLE — The director of environmental health will become the next top administrator at the Vermilion County Health Department in April.

Doug Toole, 47, was appointed Tuesday night by the board of health to take over as public health administrator on April 18, succeeding current administrator Jenny Trimmell, who will retire April 17 after nearly 19 years, two years at the helm.

Family Life: Pages from the Caregiver's Guidebook

By Chelsey Byers/University of Illinois Extension

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 16, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Bismarck Lions Club

About the club

President:Rich Miller

Origin: The club is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month.

Meets: 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Bismarck Elementary.