Area update: Benefit tonight to help man stricken with cancer

RANTOUL — Chris Burney will literally give the shirt off his back to help people, and now friends want to help him as he struggles through medical difficulties.

Top of the morning, Nov. 14, 2015

On Tuesday night, Mark Pollard makes his big-screen debut when "Consumed" — shot entirely in Champaign County — premieres at Champaign's Art Theater. Pollard, 52, was kind enough to answer our questions, a clear indication that Hollywood hasn't gone to his head.

Religion calendar, Nov. 13-20, 2015

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Area history, Nov. 13, 2015

Today is Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Illinois defeated Wisconsin, 17-3, at Illinois Field this afternoon. The Badgers were outclassed from start to finish in all departments, Zuppke winning the game by using a number of second-string players in the first half. There were about 200 Wisconsin rooters in the west stands.

Top of the morning, Nov. 13, 2015

I won't be able to attend Lou Henson's induction next Friday into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Loren Tate, who has known Henson for 50 years, will make the trip to Kansas City for the ceremony and provide readers with winning coverage.

Major general, UI alum: Keep current military in mind

CHAMPAIGN — Marine Major Gen. Melvin Spiese, a University of Illinois alum, is visiting campus, and has a Veterans Day message: He wants you to remember the men and women still serving.

Notes-Worthy: Ryan Ideus & The Feudin' Hillbillys

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with RYAN IDEUS & THE FEUDIN' HILLBILLYS as they approach their 10-year anniversary celebration on Nov. 13-14 at The City Center:

Where and how did the group begin?

Area history, Nov. 12, 2015

Today is Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Just 1 question: Why should students teach students about distracted driving?

If students at St. Joseph-Ogden High School can remember to keep both hands on the steering wheel and both eyes on the road, they won't have time to check their Twitter notifications while driving.

A guide for giving to charities during holidays

CHAMPAIGN — When someone solicits Joan Dixon for a donation by phone and it's not a cause she wants to give to, she politely tells them right away that she's not interested, thanks them for calling and advises them to have a nice day.