Drill Teams at the Assembly Hall 2011

Photos from the Illinois Drill Team Association state finals at the Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL. Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Couple hit by motorist maintained independence in spite of disabilities

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.

An advocate for social justice, Royer leaving job with five decades of memories

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.

Life Remembered: Earl Riggins, survivor of USS Indianapolis sinking

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.

Indiana legislators in Urbana get support from labor

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.

Welcome to Champaign!

I thank the gentleman from the other side of the Birkenstock Curtain for his report.

But I respectfully suggest that if his desire is truly to illuminate the high points of the temporary home of our neighbors to the east, he has left out a few items.

Jock Jams 2011


 Illini Jock Jams variety show presented by the University of Illinois Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Huff Fall in Champaign on Wed., Feb. 23, 2011.

Church members, others offer all they can to help some of C-U's neediest

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.

How you can help

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.