Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Sunderland performs

Sara Sunderland of Champaign was one of more than 50 students who participated in the Cornell College holiday concert on Dec. 6 in King Chapel.

Sunderland is a member of the Concert Choir.

Illinois Ancestors: Adoption book an eye-opener

Lori Carangelo has been passionate about the plight of adoptees since her own son was "stolen by a Connecticut foster care agency for secret adoption" many years ago. Her new book, "The Adoption and Donor Conception Factbook: The Most Comprehensive Source of U.S.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 17, 2014

What restaurant does C-U need? Tell Tom Kacich here and he'll hunt down an answer

Area history, Dec. 16, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Spotlight on Service, Dec. 16, 2014

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Tuscola Moose Lodge

About the club...

Governor: Colin Slaughter

Origin: Founded in 1918

Meets: At 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at lodge, located on U.S. 36 in Tuscola.

12 stories of Christmas, Day 4

MAHOMET — Angelle Difanis remembers hanging her dad's socks for Christmas and finding the totality of her gifts in them — an orange, an apple, a few pieces of candy and a few cents.

She's not a Depression-era senior citizen. She's a 43-year-old woman living in a lovely Mahomet home who grew up in a seriously impoverished area of metropolitan Manila in the Philippines.

Jim Dey: Former UI prof's writing, research, teaching keeping him busy

History professor Vernon Burton misses the University of Illinois, but he's found he can write his books anywhere.

Now at Clemson University in South Carolina, Burton has just published the latest of his 20-plus books. He has a couple more in the hopper, including one about U.S. Supreme Court rulings on race-related issues.

"I hope to be through with it in 2015," he said.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 16, 2014

We're off to a warmer-than-usual start in December. But, according to in-house meteoroligist Greg Soulje (@gregagwx), there's still a chance for a white Christmas.

"In the ever-so-slightest sense," he said Monday. "There may be 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches of snow on the ground across East Central Illinois and the C-U area. This snow system arrives around Dec. 23-24.

Area history, Dec. 15, 2014

Today is Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history: Dec. 15, 2014

Today is Monday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2014. There are 16 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History: