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After a century of printing, there's no press at 48 Main St.

CHAMPAIGN — The corner of Main and Market streets has had a lifespan that mirrors downtown Champaign itself.

Up to about 1897, according to city historical maps, 48 Main St. was an empty lot on a block that included a livery stable, a pool hall, a supply house and an agricultural implements company.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 15, 2017

Continuing our countdown to Monday's launch of our special Illini memories website, here's Chapter 56 of our yearlong series commemorating the UI's 150th birthday. We asked grads and former faculty members to tell us about the places and spaces that made the most indelible impressions on them.

For many aging farmers, hanging it up can be difficult

Gary Graves lost an eye when he was about 40, had prostate cancer, has a pacemaker and has had bone cancer for the last six years.

"I got a list of stuff when I go to the doctor of all the problems I've got," Graves said. "It's an ungodly amount."

And yet, at 80 years old, he's still farming.

Tom Kacich: Treasurer Frerichs remains unchallenged

The candidate filing period in Illinois begins in six weeks, and State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, a Champaign Democrat, still doesn't have a Republican opponent.

This day in history, Oct. 15, 2017

Today in HistoryFOR RELEASE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017, AT 12:00 A.M. EDT. Adv15Today in HistoryToday is Sunday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2017. There are 77 days left in the year.

Area history, Oct. 15, 2017

Today is Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, the Chicago White Sox won baseball's 1917 World Series, defeating the New York Giants, 4-2, before 33,600 fans at the Polo Grounds. Red Faber pitched a superb game for his Chicago mates.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 15, 2017

Introducing our latest newsroom addition doesn't seem entirely necessary. That's because so many of you already know of photographer Stephen Haas.

He's a Danville native who has settled in Champaign after spending time in Monticello, and he comes to us after working at two nearby newspapers.

"I've always loved living here," Haas said. "So does my family."

Area history, Oct. 14, 2017

Today is Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, Oct. 14, 2017

Today is Saturday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2017. There are 78 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California.

Social Security benefits to get another small boost in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees can expect another small increase in benefits next year.

Preliminary figures suggest that the annual increase will be around 2 percent, which would mean an extra $25 a month for the average beneficiary.