Rantoul official helps Washington recover from tornado

RANTOUL — A village of Rantoul official has played a prominent role in assisting the tornado-ravaged community of Washington, Ill., in its rebuilding efforts.

The Tazewell County community was raked by a tornado Nov. 17 — the same day a tornado caused heavy damage to Gifford.

Class aims to help smokers quit

CHAMPAIGN — Carletta Donaldson was a smoker for nearly four decades, until a landmark birthday coming up galvanized her to say "enough."

"I was just tired of smoking," she recalls.

UI prof's website tackles decision-making

URBANA — Should I get a tattoo?

How should I impress my girlfriend's mother?

Should I go to graduate school or find a full-time job?

When faced with decisions, many of us will talk it over with friends and family or pull out a legal pad and write down the pros and cons.

But decisions can be full of uncertainties and not all of us have learned decision-making skills.

Area history, Feb. 11, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 11, 2014

Some radio reminders, weekend leftovers and online updates:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 10, 2014: From the archives

It was a time of kerosene heaters, candles and flashlights.

Of darkened streets and smashed car roofs.

Of tree limbs everywhere.

Valentine's Day 1990 was no treat to anyone. Ice coated trees throughout East Central Illinois, bringing the limbs down on top of power lines, houses and cars and plunging the area into darkness that, in some cases, would remain for weeks.

UI grad nominated for honorary degree

A Nobel Prize-winning geneticist considered a pioneer in the biotechnology industry has been nominated to receive an honorary degree from the University of Illinois this spring.

Area history, Feb. 10, 2014

Today is Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

On the town: Red Carpet Affair draws crowd

Nearly 140 people gathered at the I Hotel and Conference Center on Jan. 25 for the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's (CUTC) Red Carpet Affair. The event recognizes outstanding artistic and production talent with the Ginny Awards and also recognizes dedicated volunteers and donors.

Sousa Archives to house material from Pogo Studio

CHAMPAIGN — Although Mark Rubel has left town, a lot of his stuff is staying right here.

The dean of music engineers in the area, Rubel is closing his Pogo Studios in downtown Champaign as he moves into a teaching and engineering job at a prestigious Nashville studio.