The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 12, 2015

In the first of a 2-part Sunday series, we asked 10 foreign-born UI employees: What's most different about living here than where you're from?



Recreation, Sport & Tourism

Business listings, July 12, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Celebrate Nature's Gifts, 1839 County Road 3500 N, Ludlow, by Lisa M. Birch, same address.

In Tune With You, 216 Dewey St., U, by Kimberly Chambers, same address.

Lin Lin House Cleaning, 1706 Bohn Circle, U, by Qin Lin, same address.

C-U Haiku, July 12, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Pointillist painting

Mirrored surface lightly touched

Rain on the still lake

— Ruth R. Rains, Champaign

Ex-legislators: Rauner not likely to win first round

Take it from two guys who endured 35 years in Springfield, most of them spent trying to overcome the Democratic Party's dominance in the Capitol: There's no way Gov. Bruce Rauner can win the budget battle this year.

Reluctant Townie: Lifehacks for the summertime

In a focused effort to troll for Internet clicks, I have included the phrase "Lifehack" in the title of this week's column, thus using that word in the only manner a 32-year-old should — typed in a print newspaper, a solid year and a half after it was popularized.

'Mockingbird' marathon

CHAMPAIGN — For Prue Runkle, who grew up in an all-white, small town in Iowa, seeing the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" and then reading the novel made race relations real to her for the first time.

"I think it was a turning point for me as far as what the real world is like," the retired kindergarten teacher said. "It made me realize people are not all treated the same."

A stronger bond

By Stephanie Kim

Darrell Price was especially tired one night after a long day at work, and his wife, Peggy, noticed. She knew it was hard for him to juggle two jobs, one as a DeWitt County assistant state's attorney and the other caring for her. Many a husband would leave his wife, she remembers thinking that night, because of that burden.

Studio Visit: Alicia Grimes

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Alicia Grimes. The alternative rap artist has amassed more than 1.1 million Twitter followers, more than 440,000 Facebook followers, more than 30,000 likes on her Facebook fan page and more than 550,000 plays on SoundCloud. She also works in marketing on a freelance basis.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Creative talk scene

Sharing passions

PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana Volume 19 will happen Saturday night at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.