Suit challenges ban of handguns in home day care

CHICAGO (AP) — Several gun rights groups have joined a central Illinois couple in a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on handguns in home day cares.

The lawsuit filed against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services contends the prohibition violates the rights of home day care operators.

Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

Long-time reviewer, festival devotee shares Ebert's love of ignored films

CHAMPAIGN — Claudia Puig is a film festival junkie, attending about 10 a year, moderating panels and leading Q&As; for the past two years, she has programmed the Mendocino Film Festival.

Previously, she'd never been to Ebertfest, though she treasures a memory of Roger Ebert calling her about the shared love for a Vietnamese movie.

UI Wind Symphony, Chamber Singers 'Gathering' to mark UI's 150th

URBANA — "Gathering," a cantata that puts a lot of Illinois into its 20 minutes (the entire concert is about two hours) comes to Krannert on Saturday.

That's fitting, because it marks the Sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois and showcases the work of UI musicians and a literary heavyweight who has studied and taught here, Richard Powers.

This day in history, April 19, 2018

Today is Thursday, April 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

Area history, April 19, 2018

Today is Thursday, April 19, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the University of Illinois lost one more of her patriots, according to reports from Washington. Minor J. Chapin, 19, died in an airplane accident off the coast of England. Chapin was in the navy branch of the air service.

Top of the Morning, April 19, 2018

The president was out of town when Monticello's BOB POYNTON and his popular singing group, The Lettermen, were invited to the White House in 1991.

Not that they missed hobnobbing with GEORGE H.W. BUSH. The first lady made sure of that, rolling out the red carpet before their performance at the Kennedy Center.

Walk for Wishes fundraiser set May 5 at Champaign's West Side Park

CHAMPAIGN — A community event to celebrate local Make-A-Wish kids and raise money to grant wishes for local children battling critical illnesses is planning a fundraiser in early May.

Walk for Wishes Champaign is set for 10 a.m. May 5 at West Side Park in Champaign.

Spokeswoman Janet Bantz Glavin described it as "family-friendly event open to anyone who wishes to attend."

Shredding, drug-collection event set Saturday at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Crime Stoppers of Champaign County and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting a onestop opportunity Saturday for residents to protect themselves from identity theft and to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.

Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients

CHICAGO (AP) — There's an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced, a new study says.