Peter Sis mural installation at the Champaign Public Library 2011

Three murals by Peter Sis were installed in the children's department of the Champaign Public Library in Champaign, IL.  Wednesday, November 30, 2011.   The installation was done by Evergreene Architectural Arts in New York City.  Sis will be at the library on December 14th for a talk and book signing.  He has written and illustrated 21 kids books. 

Khan again takes aim at football ownership

URBANA — Ironic? A man who made a fortune building parts for cars is now positioned to buy an NFL franchise called the Jaguars.

Shahid Khan, the 61-year-old president of Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate and the apparent owner-to-be of the Jacksonville Jaguars, got into the bumper business more than 30 years ago.

Schools foundation seeks nominees for alumni awards

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation is encouraging community members to submit nominations for three public school alumni awards to be presented on April 7 at the 2012 CUSF Gala.

The three different awards are the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Local Hero Award and the Local Business Community Impact Award.

Studio Visit: Bobbie Johnston

Studio visit appears first in print, on Sundays. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Bobbie Johnston. In the Nov. 27 News-Gazette, we'll have a visit with Susan Pryde of Shared Space in downtown Urbana.

Getting Personal: Sue Grey


Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Sue Grey, 50, of Champaign.

Profession: Explain in one sentence what it is you do.

Tiny twins celebrate 70th birthday

When twins Joane and Clarence "Hans" Flessner were born 70 years ago, they were the tiniest twins ever born at the new pediatrics department at what was then Mercy Hospital in Urbana.

It was Nov. 25, 1941, and Joane weighed 2 pounds, 1 ounce while brother Clarence was almost twice as big at 4 pounds 6 ounces — born to Ekke and Anna Flessner.

Amateur genealogist tracks down daughter's birth mother

GEORGETOWN — As an amateur genealogist, Susy Riggle has researched generations of relatives all the way back to before the Civil War.

But one of her most meaningful searches uncovered a woman who isn't related by blood or marriage — her adopted daughter's birth mother.

IHSA football brings economic boost to Champaign-Urbana

     Thousands of high school football fans will converge on Champaign this weekend for the Illinois High School Association Football Championships at Memorial Stadium.

Super-couponing: Shop smart on the biggest day of the year

Black Friday is nearly here. Considered the first day of the holiday selling season, it usually ranks as the year's biggest shopping day.

Crash victim, husband thankful for each other

PAXTON — Cordelia Geiken and her husband, Deane, would like nothing more than to celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary and spend Christmas together at their home.

But at this moment, they are just thankful to have each other's company, no matter where that may be.