Children of SLA victim reflect on Kilgore

A reader asks Tom's Mailbag: "We know that there are 300-plus folks who are ready to forgive and forget James Kilgore's past activities. Do we know whether or not the family of the second-degree murder victim is also forgiving and forgetting the loss of their family member?"

Congregation to say farewell to ministers

The congregation of Champaign's Mount Vernon United Methodist Church will be saying goodbye to the Rev. L. Rachel Berry and her husband, the Rev. John Kraps, on May 18. The celebration of their ministry will start at 10:30 a.m., with Berry's final sermon, followed by a potluck lunch and a performance by the church's praise band, including a sing-along of favorite hymns and songs.

Area history, May 9, 2014

Today is Friday, May 9, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, May 9, 2014

For addicted TV watchers, like myself, this is a happy/sad time of year: The prime-time season is closing soon.

Happy because the shows are mostly new. Popular series want to end the year with a bang. So, they will either wrap up a long plotline or introduce a twist that will persuade you to come back in the fall.

Wilson named new dean of LAS at UI

A top academic administrator will be the next dean of the largest college at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus.

Barbara Wilson, executive vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, today was named dean the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, pending approval by the UI's board of trustees next week.

Music Q&A: Trevor Shelley de Brauw of Pelican

This week, Paul Wood chats with Trevor Shelley de Brauw, 35, of Chicago, the guitarist for Pelican, which is back together after a hiatus of several years with a new album, "Forever."

Who are the members of your band? Any new ones?

Larry Herweg, Bryan Herweg and Dallas Thomas, who just joined the band prior to recording our new album.

Jim Dey: Kilgore supporters standing by their man

Nothing is so exciting as a cause celebre on a university campus; hence, the denunciations of a "rightwing smear campaign" are ringing loud and clear on the University of Illinois campus.

Whose turn is it to take the trash out?

You do the cleaning, the cooking, the family gift-buying and most of the child care. He mows the lawn and pays the bills.

Sound like a marriage made in heaven?

Come early to hobnob at market

You can hobnob with the best of them this weekend.

The Hobnob Spring Market will be held at Bunker Hill, Kennekuk County Park, 22296A Henning Road, Danville.

The fresh-picked party is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday

An early-bird buying party, it offers shopping, live music by The Bankesters, food and drinks, giveaways and more.

Area history, May 8, 2014

Today is Thursday, May 8, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.