The Big Ten with Jeff D'Alessio, May 4, 2014

We asked 10 pastors, priests, monsignors and ministers: Of all the church services you've given, what's the one memory that would make your congregation chuckle on this Sunday morning?


Chaplain, St. Thomas More, Champaign

Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew Catholic Church

Youth a focus for Rotary conference meeting

CHAMPAIGN — Rotary isn't just for the grown-ups.

Clubs in Champaign sponsor local high school and college groups — with the goal of teaching them about community service at a young age.

"If they learn about service at a young age, it will be easy to develop that as you get older," said Cathy Rector of the Champaign West Rotary Club.

World War II re-enactors to attend Vermilion County event

DANVILLE — All the World War II-era males in Dave Fornell's family served their country, so holiday gatherings always included some discussion about that time in history.

"I was always intrigued by the war stories," said Fornell, 43, of Elgin. "That interest in World War II never really went away."

High school proms: Time to shine

This evening, Catlin High School students will hit the beach, Fisher students will walk down the yellow brick road, and their Unity and Westville counterparts will be transported back to the Roaring Twenties to a mysterious millionaire's mansion.

At least, that's the look and feel that the schools' prom planners are hoping to create for their last big social event of the year.

Area history, May 3, 2014

In 1914: Retired farmer William Engle, 72, died Saturday while driving his automobile. Mr. Engle had overexerted himself while working on his machine during the morning and then aggravated his weakened condition by eating a hearty meal. "I'm going blind. I cannot see!" Engle shouted to his friend, William Evans, as he drove.

Top of the Morning, May 3, 2014

The lineup for 2015 Ebertfest won't be announced until at least February. But if the film festival organizers want to stick with the 25th anniversary approach that worked so well last week — it drew Spike Lee and Oliver Stone to town — there are plenty of options. Among the 1990 hits: "GoodFellas," "The Hunt For Red October," "Pretty Woman," "Home Alone" and "Days of Thunder."

Area history, May 2, 2014

Today is Friday, May 2, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, Mehrl C. Alyea, a junior in agriculture at the University of Illinois, is believed to be dying today as a result of injuries sustained when his motorcycle collided with a taxicab on John Street Friday afternoon. He bears the reputation of being a daring cyclist.

Benefit to commemorate Mary Clark

URBANA — All-star local musicians will perform a full shift of music Sunday to honor the late blues artist Mary Clark.
Ms. Clark, who had her own Revue, worked with a plethora of performers in the community, including many of those performing. She died April 13.
The event starts at 2 p.m. at Boomerang’s Bar and Grill, 1309 E.

Unit 4 administrator to get national honor

Laura Taylor, whose name has become synonymous with social justice in Champaign-Urbana schools, will be saluted for her work with a national award.

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network has named Taylor its 2014 Educator of the Year. She'll be honored on March 19 at the group's Respect Awards gala in New York.

Top of the Morning, May 2, 2014

We've had May 5 circled on the Asmussen household calendar for months. The big news: Jack is back.

For those of you who have been living in caves for the last 13 years, that would be "Jack Bauer" of "24" fame. Tick, tick, tick.