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Go figure: May 27, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines

$36,000

Price tag for the snazzy new scoreboard Rantoul High hopes to have in place by fall at Bill Walsh Field.

Meg Makes: Spice up your chicken with Mexican flavor

This recipe comes from my friend Erin Lippitz of Urbana, who is known for her baking expertise.

This one, though, is an entree centering around chicken.

Her husband originally saw it on "Pati's Mexican Table" on the Create Channel, which is a PBS channel, but Erin made some changes to the original.

She said she got the "You can make this again" nod from her husband, Tom.

Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Next Generation places again

After winning the IESA Scholastic Bowl (Class A) last season and finishing second two years ago, Champaign's Next Generation school traveled to Peoria for the state finals. The team finished pool play 2-1 to earn a berth in the consolation match. In that match, Next Generation defeated Peoria Christian 310-170 to finish third.

My Amish Home: Waiting on weather to make up its mind

"As for man, his days are as grass: As the flower of the field, so he flourisheth, for the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children." Psalm 103:15-17

Tom Kacich: Independent map backers back at it

If you invite Trent Shepard or Diane or Ed Wilhite to a social function, you'd better know what you're getting into. They're likely going to bring a clipboard with a pen and a sheet of petitions attached to it.

Next Generation student's result on national French test: Magnifique!

CHAMPAIGN — Out of the 70 questions on the French national exam seventh-grader Anushka Agrawal took with the rest of her class last month, she only had to guess on one.

And she guessed right.

As a student at Next Generation Middle School enrolled in French 2, Anushka was one of just four students in the country to earn a perfect score on the 60-minute timed test.

Area history, May 27, 2015

Today is Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The McCormick bill, limiting to nine hours the number of hours in a day that women in Illinois could work, was defeated in the House today.

Top of the morning, May 27, 2015

On Wednesdays, we tip our cap to kids doing good things (see Younger Generation). For starters ...

It took some digging, but I finally found something that Olivia Owens doesn't excel at.

Bragging.

'The legacy he's left speaks volumes'

CHAMPAIGN — Dave Benton had a warm, comfortable way about him, both on and off camera, that just seemed to put people at ease. And to many nightly news viewers of central Illinois, he was "one of the family," his friend, John Hecker, recalled.

AUDIO: changing lives through woodworking

A Monticello man is trying to have a big impact on area young people in a unique way: building boats.  Scott Beatty has more.

Bergstrom says G2g Wood and Boatworks has seen 10 students involved in one way or another this year.