Monticello: It's hip to be square

Walking around the courthouse square, Monticello keeps its vintage look, even while it's undergoing an upgrade.

Coming up are a farm-to-table restaurant/microbrewery and an upscale bakery in a boarding house.

A few new faces at the UI

Some of the new 70-plus faculty hires who will be joining the UI in the coming academic year:

Joseph Irudayaraj

The Reluctant Townie: Bounce house emergency: The party's over

My elder daughter turned 5 this week. It wasn't something I expected to feel any particular way about, but her birthday forced me to confront some unexpected emotions regarding the nature of time, human development and what a rip-off it is to have kids when they are only kids for a couple of years.

State budget taking toll on recruiting

CHAMPAIGN — Venezuela native Carlos Torelli has traveled the world for his career — as a college student in the United States, a Citibank executive in Turkey and Venezuela and an academic at the University of Minnesota.

This year, he decided to move to Champaign-Urbana, as a professor of business administration at the University of Illinois.

Area history, Aug. 14, 2016

Today is Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Veterinarian back to her first love(s)

CHAMPAIGN — Several years after launching a local cat rescue called CATsNAP, Susan Norris realized she should have followed her first career choice, veterinarian.

So, with a master's degree in library science and years working as a librarian in Champaign-Urbana behind her, the 38-year-old Chicago suburban native and animal lover went in a new direction.

MTD bus accident victim's care costs detailed

URBANA — Medical expenses and equipment that will be needed for the lifelong care of 61-year-old bus accident victim Patricia Marxmiller can be expected to run from $1.7 million to $2.6 million, a consultant told a Champaign County jury Friday.

Area history, Aug. 13, 2016

Today is Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, two more "joints" were raided by Champaign police Saturday night, and 14 arrests were made on charges of maintaining a disorderly house, being inmates of a disorderly house or being frequenters of a disorderly house. The raids were made at 5101/2 N. Walnut and 520 N. Market St.

Q&A with new St. Thomas More principal

When Coach Bruce Weber guided Deron Williams, Dee Brown & Co. to the 2005 NCAA title game in St. Louis, the Illini's student manager was a basketball junkie named JASON SCHREDER. That ought to be a conversation starter come Aug. 22, when school starts at St. Thomas More, under the direction of its one-time basketball coach and new principal.

Their raffle win was bittersweet

TOLONO — Their heroic son's birthdate proved lucky for Rick and Ava Tomson, who just won a motorcycle in a raffle.

They used his birthday — June 6, the same as D-Day — in the Marine Corps League Post 1231 raffle for a 2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide worth about $35,000.