URBANA — Champaign County CASA will conduct training classes for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 400 abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.
Advocates become the eyes and ears of the court and work with the child and social service agencies to ensure that the best interests of the child are met throughout the legal process.
SPRINGFIELD — Author Bruce Levine, a history professor at the University of Illinois, will discuss his book "The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South" on Jan. 9.
Clarissa Nickerson grew up mostly in local foster homes, moving her stuff from place to place in garbage bags, and became a mom at age 16.
Now, Nickerson recently graduated with a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, will soon start a master's program in legal studies and plans to be a lawyer by the time she turns 30.
Christopher Thomas and Danee Deffenbaugh of Urbana have named their first child Aubrey Linn Thomas.
She was born at 2:12 p.m. Nov. 1 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces.
HOOPESTON — Miss Hoopeston 2013 will be crowned at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hoopeston Area High School Auditorium.
The public is invited to hear the candidates' speeches, which will be followed by the naming and crowning.
"Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. The Lord doeth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." — Psalm 147: 1-3
URBANA — Forty years ago, Louie Fonseca was a sophomore at the University of Illinois, trying to work his way through school.
URBANA — Carl Woese thought about things a lot.
And when a question or problem drew his attention, he would ponder it not for weeks or months, but for years.