His father knew best

At 87, long since retired from the U.S. Postal Service and Savoy Travel, Leonard "Pete" Alexander has gotten into the book business. His motivation: his own dad, Thomas, who in 1930 in tiny Hillburn, N.Y., began a 13-year letter writing campaign asking the state education board to integrate schools in his hometown.

Top of the morning, April 30, 2015

If Champaign's Chuck Young had his druthers, he'd simply drive his 11-ton tank to Kennekuk County Park for this weekend's World War II Rememberance Days.

"It'd be fun to get on the Interstate and just go," Young said. "But I might cause some traffic jams."

'For the students — past, present, future'

DANVILLE — For the last few weeks, Danville schools students, parents and staff have been thanking Mark Denman for his 40-plus years of service to the district.

Area history, April 29, 2015

Today is Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Go figure: April 29, 2015

A numerical look at local headlines


Combined years of service on the Parkland College board for Lin Warfel and Bonnie Kelley, who'll be saluted tonight during the trustees' final regular meeting of the semester.

Illinois Ancestors: 1840 Menard census discovered

According to the most recent issue of the Illinois State Archives newsletter, For the Record (winter 2015), the original 27-page handwritten 1840 State Census for Menard County was recently discovered in a county vault.

Top of the morning, April 29, 2015

When South Side Elementary physical education teacher Brian Wenzel found out Saturday's 1K youth race would be cancelled along with the rest of the Illinois Marathon, he could only imagine the disappointment his students were feeling.

Marathon makes it official: Hundreds to get free entry in 2016

CHAMPAIGN — The 479 runners who did not get a chance to cross the finish line during the Illinois Marathon Saturday will get to try again next year, for free.

AUDIO: UI student has family in Nepal earthquake zone

A University of Illinois graduate student from Nepal said his immediate family is safe and was not injured in last weekend's earthquake that has killed at least 4,600. As Michael Kiser reports, the concern of aftershocks doing further damage remains.