Philo 8-year-old may have set 5K record

PHILO — A Philo girl just might have run the fastest 5K ever for an 8-year-old girl during Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon weekend — unofficially, anyway.

Angelle Wrobel, a student at Unity East Elementary, ran in pace with her 10-year-old sister, Danica, finishing last Friday's 5K in 19:58 (a 6:25 mile pace).

Area history, May 2, 2015

Today is Saturday, May 2, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: At last Danville is to be a "dry" town, the city council decided this forenoon, by a vote of 8 to 6, refusing to grant a new saloon license. This is to be the first time in Danville's history that it will be without saloons. There are between 80 and 100 saloons in Danville.

Wheelathon fundraiser set

URBANA — Here's a chance to experience what it's like to navigate life in a wheelchair.

The annual Wheelathon, sponsored by PACE, Inc. (Persons Assuming Control of their Environment) will be held from 9:30-2 p.m. May 9 at Urbana's Meadowbrook Park.

Danville's favorite sons may not return for theater benefit

DANVILLE — Against all odds, organizers of a benefit for the Fischer Theatre are still holding out hope that Dick Van Dyke and other famous Danville natives show up two weeks from today.

Top of the morning, May 2, 2015

JOE DART watched Tuesday's practice sessions while seated on new bleachers, in between state-of-the-art dugouts, a stone's throw from an accessible playground and just below a sign installed in December proclaiming "Home of The Tom Jones Challenger League."

"It looks great," he said. "We've come a long way."

Decluttering can be a costly proposition

There I was, contemplating how I could steal something back from a local thrift shop and asking myself, “How did I get here?”

Let’s back up a few days.

About a month ago, on the first sunny Saturday in a while, I felt energized to do some spring cleaning.

This doesn’t come easy for me. I save everything. My house could be one of those “before” pictures on

Rantoul chamber returns to downtown

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce is moving its office downtown. 

Recently hired Executive Director Kellie Wahl said the chamber will move out of its home of the past "seven or eight years" and into a new one at 120 E. Sangamon Ave.

Revolutionary monument back and looking like new

DANVILLE — With a few months to spare before his 100th birthday, the Minuteman Monument returned home to downtown Danville Thursday morning after a head-to-toe restoration.

Pesotum to honor Frankovich

PESOTUM — The village board will recognize Brad Frankovich's service to the village with a farewell reception on Wednesday, following the 6:30 p.m. village board meeting.

Q&A: Delores Lloyd, Garden Hills principal

The most noticeable change in the classroom from the time little Delores Lloyd was learning her multiplication tables in Elgin to now?