CHAMPAIGN — Add another A-lister to the University of Illinois College of Law's list of special guests this semester.
A week after Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward spoke at packed Foellinger Auditorium, the college announced Monday that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will visit for a public event on March 7.
MONTICELLO — Retired Champaign firefighter Dave Lawrence took a huge fall before the holidays at the Monticello Railroad Museum, where he's a regular volunteer. While he's still not totally healed, he's back for his regular lunch with fellow museum volunteers.
SPRINGFIELD — The state's recent ban on practicing gay conversion therapy on minors has a local LGBT advocate praising the new legislation and calling it a victory for young people across Illinois.
The school's basketball teams probably won't win state titles. But when it comes to high-tech entertainment, Urbana High's gym has few peers in our area.
High on the east wall of Oscar Adams Gym hangs a video board that shows highlights, just like the contraption above midcourt at State Farm Center (only a lot smaller).
CHAMPAIGN — After two hours of interviews and an hour of closed-session deliberation, the Champaign school board chose a black woman with a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Illinois to fill the seat of former President Laurie Bonnett.
Today is Monday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2016. There are 334 days left in the year.
On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service.
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In 1916, the addition to the Chemistry Building at the University of Illinois was set to be dedicated April 19, according to the chemistry department. The new structure, fully equipped, entailed an expenditure of $300,000, and with the old Chemistry Building, to which it is connected, would form one of the largest structures devoted to the study of chemistry in the world.
CHAMPAIGN — Though his main service was in the Korean War, Robert Porter witnessed the aftermath of destruction on Nagasaki, helped save Vietnamese refugees and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers at the end of his career.
URBANA — Don't look for an LOL or OMG in the notes Valerie Hotchkiss sends off to family and friends.
No electronic shorthand here. In a world dominated by texts and email and 140 characters on social media, Hotchkiss still prefers an old favorite: the hand-written letter.