A list of things to do after the fall freeze

Each October, Midwestern gardeners live with the looming knowledge of the inevitable freeze. Just like death and taxes, we know we can't escape, but we would sure enjoy a delay. This year it arrived pretty much on schedule; however, it still makes me sad to see the limp sodden skeletons of my once beautiful plants.

Daschle: Health care law will survive problems

URBANA — "Glitches" related to the launch of the federal health insurance marketplace can be attributed to a lack of adequate integration among users, inadequate testing and inadequate funding, said former Senate leader Tom Daschle while talking about the Affordable Care Act at the University of Illinois on Friday.

Partner: Businessman's legacy will go on after fatal crash

CHAMPAIGN — James Burch's business partner says his legacy will continue after the prominent Champaign real estate agent and developer died Thursday following an accident at Market Place Mall.

Mr. Burch, 66, was pronounced dead Thursday evening after the vehicle he was driving hit a van in the mall parking lot, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Garman to be installed as Supreme Court chief justice

DANVILLE — Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman will be installed as the high court's chief justice at the Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville on Monday.

The installation ceremony is by invitation only.

Kirk hits White House, GOP over shutdown

CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk had bipartisan criticism Thursday, hitting the Democratic White House and congressional Republicans for the recent government shutdown and other ongoing budget-related disputes.

Hembrough honored with street designation outside Centennial

The man who coached the Centennial High School football team to its first playoff berth now has a long-term place outside the school.

School and city officials and other well-wishers gathered outside the school Thursday to dedicate a portion of Crescent Drive as Honorary Coach Gary Hembrough Way.

Illinois Ancestors: New book reveals names of white children brought to colonies as slaves

Some emigrants to the American colonies came as "indentured" servants, agreeing in a written contract to be an apprentice or to serve a master without wages for a specified number of years in exchange for passage on a ship.

My Amish Home: Something bugging me in this fall weather

"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." II Timothy 2:19

50th anniversary of JFK assassination near; share your memories

It has been half a century since the news flashed across the country — and across the world — that President John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas, on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963.

UI launches fine arts professional mentor program

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts will celebrate the initiation of a new professional mentor program on Saturday by dedicating a sculpture created by an alumnus and in honor of his former professor.