Chanute aftermath is subject of upcoming series

On Sept. 30, 1993, the Air Force officially closed Chanute — a military base since World War I.

The inactivation ceremony that day — shown in The News-Gazette photo here — drew an unexpectedly large crowd.

Getting Personal: Vanessa Faurie

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with 48-year-old Urbana resident Vanessa Faurie. She is the vice president of corporate communications at the University of Illinois Alumni Association and has been a communications and alumni relations professional in higher education advancement for 25 years.

Dixon named chief photographer for News-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN — John C. Dixon has been named chief photographer for The News-Gazette.

He will lead a photo staff of four full-time and two part-time photojournalists in providing visual coverage for the newspaper and its website,

Dixon succeeds Photo Editor Darrell Hoemann, who retired in July.

5 profiles to air on WILL-TV

URBANA — Five pioneering central Illinois residents tell their stories on the WILL-TV weekly program "Illinois Pioneers," broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays starting this week. The series opened this season on Sept. 5.

Jon's Pipe Shop moving to expanded quarters

CHAMPAIGN — A longtime fixture in Champaign's Campustown plans to move to downtown Champaign this fall.

Jon's Pipe Shop, which has been at 509 E. Green St. for more than 50 years, plans to relocate Nov. 1 to the Better Image Film Lab building at 44 E. University Ave., C, after that business closes in mid-October.

Studio Visit: Jerry Savage

Studio Visit is a weekly Q&A with a local artist. Today, The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli visits with retired art professor Jerry Savage, 77, rural Sidney

Q: Are these paintings in your show "Identity Issues" at the Cinema Gallery new work?

Library events, Sept. 29-Oct. 6

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Student helps bring head of state from her native land to visit UI

CHAMPAIGN — Medina Spiodic was just 7 when her family left war-torn Bosnia for a new life in Chicago.

Davis: 'No instantaneous solutions'

CHAMPAIGN — Patience and passion.

Longtime civil rights activist Angela Davis urged a crowd of young and old visitors to her talk on Friday that if they want to create a world without racism, sexism or homophobia, there are no short-term solutions and people must teach themselves to think "beyond the moment, beyond the decade, beyond the century."

Bosnian head of state to visit UI

CHAMPAIGN — Bosnia's head of state will visit the University of Illinois next week, delivering a public address and taking part in a roundtable discussion on Bosnians in the United States.