CHAMPAIGN – Dave and Cindy Combs were the living embodiment of the mission of the Developmental Services Center.
Offered just a little helping hand, the couple who had intellectual disabilities were able to live fulfilling lives fairly independently in the community.
Tucked away in the Rev. Tom Royer's overflowing office is a plain box with a sacred name: the Ark of the Covenant.
It holds priceless treasures he's collected during his 50-year journey as a priest – no expensive chalices or religious icons, but humble items like a worn brown children's shoe.
OAKLAND – One of the last few dozen survivors of the worst open-sea tragedy in United States naval history passed quietly Wednesday in a Decatur nursing home.
Earl Riggins was 86.
URBANA – The signs said it all. "This is About Everything." "Thank you, legislators."
On a chilly, damp Saturday afternoon, about 150 people lined North Lincoln Avenue outside the motel where Democratic legislators from Indiana have been holed up for five days in a "time-out" from their Republican colleagues.
CHAMPAIGN – It's about 8:30 p.m. After two hours mainly spent outside in frigid temperatures, volunteers are ready to call it a night.
With so many homeless people to help, Canteen Run organizers are looking for more volunteers. And donations of gloves, long underwear, hats, scarves – especially for kids – are always needed.