Museum's exhibit to focus on 'unsung heroes'

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new exhibit opening next month at the Illinois State Museum will feature three "unsung heroes."

Museum officials say they're focusing on "ordinary people who did extraordinary things."

Unfinished Vegas casino-resort to open in 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Fontainebleau is no more. Call it The Drew Las Vegas.The hulking, bluish casino-resort, which has sat unfinished on the Las Vegas Strip since 2009 and became a poster child of the Great Recession, is now scheduled to open in late 2020 under a partnership between hospitality giant Marriott International and New York-based global real estate firm Witkoff.

Congress takes on immigration amid election pressures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the "Dreamer" immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they'll introduce President Donald Trump's plan. Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may be the most influential voice in the conversation.

Mission: 'Restore peace' in Bosnia

URBANA — The Army sent Sgt. First Class Stephen Ostwinkle to Bosnia in 2003, and he was scheduled to work with Croatian troops in Afghanistan.

In Bosnia, he "basically cleaned house" by straightening up a personnel organization that had become disorganized, eventually dealing with more than 300 troops.

Colton Rahn and Illini, '2nd to none!'

It started out as a simple request on Twitter, from a dad hoping to comfort his son before surgery.

It ended up being the feel-good story of the week, complete with a fairy-tale ending — and a lesson in perseverance by a pretty tough 9-year-old.

Courts busy after bond law changes

URBANA — As of Jan. 1, there's added activity in the normally busy daily arraignment court hearings in Champaign County.

Thanks to the Bail Reform Act of 2017, signed into law in June, people arrested for certain low-level crimes who can't post bond right away get a "second look" bail hearing.

Area history, Feb. 12, 2018

Today is Sunday, Feb. 12, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, Feb. 12, 2018

yToday is Monday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2018. There are 322 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in a log cabin in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Ky.

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Van crashes, rolls into farm field

RANTOUL — An Indiana man has been ticketed for driving under the influence following a crash Saturday afternoon in northern Champaign County.

Getting Personal: Dan Marker

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 39-year-old Champaign resident Dan Marker chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Marker is about to become president of Hickory Point Bank's Champaign region. The Mahomet-Seymour grad is excited about the job, but between the long hours and two young children, his golf game is suffering.