Forever young: After 50 years at Carle, pediatrician still going strong

URBANA — Decades after Amy Bock's childhood with asthma and a bone disease, she remains grateful to the pediatrician who used to come to the hospital after hours and sit by her bedside, who once visited her home to bake cookies with her and her dying 5-year-old cousin and who is now the doctor she relies on to treat her own children.

Area history, Dec. 7, 2015

In 1915, the Champaign County Jail "ranks high in sanitary conditions and in method of administration," according to a report by Miss Anna Hinrichsen, inspector for the State Charities Commission. She said light, air and sunshine entered every room in the jail and prisoners were well-fed. The sheriff received 50 cents a day for food for prisoners. The county provided overalls.

Top of the morning, Dec. 7, 2015

How much holiday spirit does your town have?

I hit a lot of downtowns this year, driving and shooting video for our weekly "Where Am I" segments — Catlin, Champaign, Danville, Monticello, Tuscola, Thomasboro, Urbana and Villa Grove.

But that was during warm weather. Now I'm looking for a reason to bundle up and hit one or more of these towns again.

Mass appeal

CHAMPAIGN — Actor Jim Dobbs didn't have to acquire much for the nun's costume he'll wear as Mother Superior in "Nunsense."

"This is my Edna equipment from when I did 'Hairspray,'" he said, lifting his fake bosom as costumer Esther Nixon adjusted his veil.

So you want to be coroner?

In 1973 when Joe Victor was 18, his maternal grandfather, Angalo DiGiacomo, shot his mother and Victor's great-grandmother, Mary DiGiacomo, then turned the gun on himself.

Victor recalled how the Sangamon County coroner's office made the Springfield-area murder-suicide even more traumatic for the family by the way it handled the case.

Professor takes on vital role

URBANA — History Professor Antoinette Burton turned down a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities this year to fill an interim post as director of a major research program at the University of Illinois.

Letter from Birdland: Taking a little time to respond to readers

It's damp in Birdland, but yesterday's drizzle seems to be taking a breather. The sky, though, is full of low-hanging clouds, and the dogs are just as happy to lie around inside on their respective pillows.

Ask 'Mimi,' Dec. 6, 2015

Is Andy Warfel designing sets for the climate change conference in Paris?

Sort of. The former Champaign resident is in Paris, working with the NYC-based Production Glue on the set for the third annual C40 Cities Awards ceremony, honoring leaders in urban sustainability.

Wired In: James Langer

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet JAMES LANGER, 36, president of Serionix, which makes high-performance filtration materials for removal of toxic chemicals from air and water, with a large number of customers — from the Army to an appliance maker.

The team

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 6, 2015

What's the greatest length you've gone to in picking out the perfect present for a special someone?


Champaign businesswoman