For the retirees, June 19-26, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

In the rough

On a steamy, sun-kissed Thursday afternoon at Willow Pond Golf Course in Rantoul, the parking lot is full and carts are backed up at the first tee.

Inside the clubhouse, owner Kevin Applebee kicks back with friends as regulars stroll in and out, enjoying a cold one after wrapping up their round.

IPA honors Foreman

John Foreman, president of The News-Gazette Inc., has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Press Association for his career-long efforts in strengthening press freedoms and supporting the newspaper industry.

N-G repeats as top newspaper

SPRINGFIELD — For the second consecutive year, The News-Gazette was named the state's best newspaper in its class by the Illinois Press Association.

John Roska: Good planning keeps property out of estate

Q: In a recent column, you said heirs don't inherit debt, so that my kids can't be liable for my credit card or medical debt after I die. Can the life insurance proceeds paid after my death be taken to repay my debts?

What a trick it could've been

CHAMPAIGN — George Faber was already well-known here for a popular band, the Finchley Boys, when he jumped up on the stage with Cheap Trick and started playing his harmonica.

He'd been invited.

It was 1974, and Cheap Trick was just getting started. The band, which played here Friday, has since been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Top of the morning, June 19, 2016

The state's frustrating budget stalemate has driven many in the social service industry up a wall. And, in GROW In Illinois' case, over one.

To pump life into a sagging budget — and raise funds for mental health and recovery — GROW is hoping to convince 100 commoners at $1,000 a pop to rappel from the roof of the eight-story Eden Supporting Living building in downtown Champaign.

UPDATED: AAUP votes down move to lift UI censure

Story updated at 5:20 p.m. Saturday

URBANA — Almost two years after Steven Salaita lost his University of Illinois job offer over a series of controversial tweets, the school continues to struggle with the fallout.

Bob Swisher: Hooked on a variety of topics

Here are some miscellaneous items of interest:

Late notice

It is not too late today. You get your Saturday morning paper at 6 in the morning so that is plenty of time to go to the Clingan Auction in St. Joseph at 10 a.m.