Pianist Heitler tops winners of ACE awards

CHAMPAIGN — The ninth annual Arts, Culture and Entertainment Award for lifetime achievement will go to jazz pianist Donnie Heitler "for his limitless talent and lifelong dedication to his practice as well his profound impact on countless musicians as well as the community as a whole."

More about Rita Garman

Here's biographical information about Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman

Age: 69

Home: Danville

Family: Husband, Gill Garman, a Danville attorney; two children and three grandchildren.

Tilton trustee remembered as reliable, good-hearted

TILTON — Village leaders are remembering a village board trustee who died unexpectedly on Wednesday as a man who was dedicated to his community.

"He was proud to be Tilton born and Tilton raised, and he did whatever he could to help the community," Mayor David Phillips said of Timothy Pichon.

Garman named chief justice of state Supreme Court

CHICAGO — The Illinois Supreme Court announced Thursday that Justice Rita B. Garman of Danville will be its next chief justice, succeeding current Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride.

UI grad, ex-N-G reporter Sperling dies at 97

Godfrey Sperling Jr. — a longtime Washington journalist with the Christian Science Monitor, a University of Illinois alumnus and a one-time reporter with The News-Gazette — died Wednesday in Washington. He was 97, just two weeks shy of his 98th birthday.

Meeting planned on retirement for teachers

The Regional Office of Education and Champaign school district have scheduled a group meeting with the help of the Teachers' Retirement System to explain the retirement process to teachers.

It's scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in the lecture hall of Central High School.

Music Q&A: Jenny Hval

The News-Gazette's Paul Wood chats this week with Jenny Hval, 33, of Oslo, Norway. She's coming Sept. 28 to Champaign-Urbana.

Q: What is your latest project?

Champaign parks director calls it quits after busy 12 years

CHAMPAIGN — Bobbie Herakovich gave a five-year commitment when she was hired as the executive director of the Champaign Park District. She will retire after 12.

Woman recalls watching World Trade Center attack

CHAMPAIGN — Like many Americans, Maggie Cascone has struggled with the nation's invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an economy that never seems to pick up.

Unlike most Americans, she was only minutes away from her work, at a gift shop on the top floor of the World Trade Center's Tower 2, when the first airliner struck on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

Illinois Ancestors: Have your 9/11 recollections been recorded?

Sept. 11, 2001, is a day that will always be remembered by Americans. Hopefully, many have recorded the events of that day as part of a family history. Whether or not one's personal activities were physically affected by the tragic events of that day, the memories of that day should be documented for later generations.