Garman installed as chief justice

DANVILLE — Rita B. Garman didn't set out to be a trailblazer. She was just doing what she enjoyed as she pursued an education and career in the law.

But on Monday, colleagues recognized Garman's role in paving the way for other female attorneys and jurists as she became the Illinois Supreme Court's 119th — and second female — chief justice.

Caregivers can find resources at VA event

DANVILLE — The Veterans Affairs llliana Health Care System will host a caregiver resource fair on Nov. 6.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 101-5 and 101-6 day rooms on the main campus, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.

It is free and open to those who care for loved ones no matter what their age.

For the retirees, Oct. 27, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

Melissa Merli: Printmaking resurrected

Ten years ago, after University of Illinois art Professor Dennis Rowan retired, the printmaking program at the university seemed to die out.

Most folks who follow the arts scene and the School of Art + Design, where Rowan had taught for 41 years, assumed that the presses and other equipment were gone.

Letter from Birdland: Counting my chickens before they're attacked

Autumn has come to Birdland. A chilly dampness clings to the air, and wet leaves cling to my shoes as I carry pellets out to feed the chickens.

Business and professional briefs, Oct. 27, 2013

New jobs

Gilbert joins Ratio Architects. Jessica T. Gilbert has joined Ratio Architects' Champaign studio team as a project architect.

Gilbert is licensed to practice architecture in Illinois. She has 12 years of professional design experience, particularly for elementary, secondary and higher education.

Getting Personal: Martha 'Marti' Wilkinson

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with Martha "Marti" Wilkinson, 45, (she'll be 46 on Halloween) of Champaign. She sells advertising to businesses and gives them an opportunity to promote their products and relate it to a positive community function (often high school athletics).

A regional ripple effect from Chanute closure

Thomasboro Mayor Bradley Morris remembers a time when his community was growing.

"It seemed like every three, four years they were putting in a new street," Morris said.

And then Chanute Air Force Base closed. It was Sept. 30, 1993, and the growth went the other way.

Paper on comics leads to 'wild, crazy and fun' time for UI professor

CHAMPAIGN — As a comics scholar, Carol Tilley had read Fredric Wertham's book "Seduction of the Innocent," a touchstone of the U.S. anti-comics movement of the 1950s and '60s.

She felt somewhat indifferent to the archenemy of comics, though. She considered Wertham just part of the landscape.

Reluctant Townie: Hey, kids, you should buy my eBook

This week on the Reluctant Townie, we're going to try something new.

In honor of the Halloween season, I have written a short story — hopefully one that you will find amusing — that features a few supernatural twists. The story is longer than my column space will allow, so I've published it on the Kindle Marketplace as an eBook.