Judge McCuskey lightening his workload

URBANA — After 38 years in the legal profession, the last 15 of them on the federal bench at the U.S. District Courthouse in Urbana, Michael P. McCuskey has decided he'd like to scale back.

Come July 1, the veteran jurist will transition to senior status. He talked with News-Gazette courts reporter Mary Schenk about that recently.

Gearhead of the Week: Lisa Summerfield

Corvette special!

The next several weeks, Gearhead of the Week will feature local owners of the different generations of Chevrolet Corvettes, leading up to the 2013 Bloomington Gold show June 28-30 at the grounds of the State Farm Center in Champaign.

Assistant U.S. attorney nominated for judgeship

URBANA — The White House has nominated a career federal prosecutor from Savoy to fill the judicial seat that will become open when U.S. District Court Judge Michael McCuskey takes senior status this summer.

World's a better stage - with Mom

CHAMPAIGN — Theater has been a shared passion in at least three generations of Jaclyn Loewenstein's family on her mother's side.

Fisher inducts Hofferth into hall of fame

FISHER — He worked at Walmart in Rantoul ("the old Walmart"). At another job, he was a parking attendant.

Life wasn't always so glamorous for Michael Hofferth. He had his trials like everyone else, but that didn't stop him from setting goals.

Rantoul senior overcomes obstacles

RANTOUL — Mitchell Williams' return to public school — eighth grade at J.W. Eater Junior High School — didn't last long. Two days.

Williams wasn't ready for it.

He tried it again two years later as a sophomore at Rantoul Township High School, and the change went better. A lot better.

Dilley: 'Time's just come' for retirement

URBANA — When the bell goes off, it's almost like Fire Chief Mike Dilley is no longer an administrator.

He has been head of the fire department for six years — a post he will be leaving in July — but he'll tell you that he is, first and foremost, a firefighter.

Bequest ensures courthouse clock maintenance

URBANA — A subcommittee of the Champaign County Board will meet Tuesday to accept a gift from a Champaign County woman who left a bequest valued from $75,000 to $100,000 for the clock and bell tower at the Champaign County Courthouse.

Getting Personal: Jill Alred

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with 59-year-old Rantoul resident Jill Alred, the owner of Jill's Creative Expressions and an Illini booster.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

Rantoul man sees his cancer as blessing

RANTOUL — A tumor on his left toe turned into a 14-year odyssey that changed Bob Fulling's life, not to mention the lives of many others.

The Rantoul man said he has been blessed by cancer.

Told several times that he should write a book about his experiences, Fulling has done so. The book, Fulling said, tells how God can take something bad and turn it into something good.