Tom Kacich: That empty feeling

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George Ackron was looking forward to returning to Champaign-Urbana next month for a family celebration of sorts, but it's probably not going to happen now.

Beckman gifts honor institute's first director

URBANA — A $5 million gift to the University of Illinois will honor the founding director of the Beckman Institute and its donors, endowing postdoctoral fellowships and a lecture series in their names.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Rare indeed

Three members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 402 will become Eagle Scouts at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Hays Center in Champaign: Christopher J. Gillespie, Norrlyn M. Allen and Darrell U. Allen.

Clothing rep

Meg Makes: September is time to act against hunger

September is Hunger Action Month, and a cooking column seems like an excellent place to reiterate the importance of understanding and addressing food insecurity.

Top of the morning, Sept. 9, 2015

ANN WILDMAN swears most of her photos don't turn out so great.

"I'll take 300 at a game and half of them turn out bad and blurry," Wildman said.

But one from Saturday had a lot of people talking Tuesday: the young son of Sages coach Cully Welter — Trey — interacting with official Jason Foy before Monticello's game at Macomb (above).

Area history, Sept. 8, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Inaugural antique show on Saturday

DANVILLE — It's getting harder to find primitive antiques dating to the 1800s, store owner Julie Schackmann said, but she's bringing those "hard finds" to a single location this weekend.

Just 1 question: How can farmers protect birds, insects

At today's Agriculture Field Day at PrairieErth Farm near Atlanta, Ill., Cassandra Wilcoxen will be comparing bird and pollinator density and diversity in three farm production systems (organic, conservation and conventional). Staff writer Paul Wood caught up with the University of Illinois grad student before her gig:

Spotlight on Service, Sept. 8, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Tuscola Rotary

About the club

President: Lloyd A. Murphy

Origin: The club was founded in 1922.

Meets: Tuesdays at noon at Jarman Center Senior Living in Tuscola

On tap: Judge Frank Lincoln is presenting a program at the Tuesday luncheon meeting this week.

Top of the morning, Sept. 8, 2015

With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, we turn our focus to ... Halloween, which is 52 days away. But don't wait that long to get your pumpkin.