Brickman's keys to an intimate holiday show

CHAMPAIGN — Award-winning pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman will visit the Virginia Theatre on Tuesday.

"I've been doing holiday shows for 19 years," said Brickman, who also sometimes sings.

Cruising the Danube River

By Bill Ackermann

On Oct. 16, the first five members of 13 friends landed in Budapest, with the other eight following two days later.

We were met by staff members from Viking River Cruises and weather a few degrees lower than Champaign, with overcast conditions.

Special report: Benjamin Mann's deposition: 'It instantly changed my whole life'

CHAMPAIGN — If the city council approves his $225,000 settlement payout Tuesday night, Benjamin Mann will use it to pay attorney fees and make up for lost business, doctor's appointments and years of emotional baggage.

Getting Personal: T.J. Blakeman

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 34-year-old Champaign resident T.J. Blakeman chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Blakeman works for the city of Champaign as senior planner for economic development. He is the new board president for the Champaign County Historical Museum.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 13, 2015

With caffeine-inhaling, finals-cramming season here, we asked some of the best and brightest on the UI (or any other) campus: What's the worst grade you got in school?


Professor, Animal Sciences and Genomic Biology; named American Academy of Microbiology Fellow in January

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

'A Christmas Carol'

Letter from Birdland: Foggy days force us to live in the moment

In Birdland, we're in the dark days of December. Each morning comes a little later; each evening comes a bit earlier. Winter is closing in on us.

Top of the morning, Dec. 13, 2015

Today, we kick off our "12 Days of Christmas" series, meant to spotlight do-gooders amongst us. Here's another:

Urbana's Teri McCarthy spent last weekend handing out candy canes to strangers along Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Fog an unwelcome guest at Gordyville

Our involvement at Gordyville this year was different. It was our 11th year, and we did not have snow either day, which is rare. We did, however, have fog on Saturday, which was a new obstacle. The fog put a dent in our Saturday sales, which were down from a year ago.

Area update: Deal reached with power supplier

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board has entered into a new electricity supply agreement with Homefield Energy for aggregation in the village. 

The board previously had such an agreement with Integrys, and it saved residents about $100 annually.