Top of the Morning, Oct. 9, 2017

Another quarter of a year gone, another chance to look back at visits to

Officials investigate cause of garage fire

CHAMPAIGN — No injuries were reported in a fire over the weekend on Champaign's northeast side.

According to a Champaign Fire Department report, firefighters were called to a blaze at 1303 Carver Drive at 9:12 p.m. Saturday.

Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith said a passer-by noticed smoke coming from the home and called 911.

Wired In: Girish Krishnan

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet GIRISH KRISHNAN, a professor in the University of Illinois Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. He is an expert and practitioner of soft robotics — exactly what it sounds like, robots not made of metal.

Comfort, courtesy of a canine

LAS VEGAS — Services will go on as scheduled this morning at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford.

But two of the congregation's leaders won't be there. Since Tuesday, the Rev. Karl Gibbs and his comfort dog have been helping Las Vegas heal.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 8, 2017

Continuing our run-up to a week from Monday — when our special Illini memories website goes live — here's Chapter 54 of our yearlong series commemorating the UI's 150th birthday. We asked grads and former faculty members to tell us about the places and spaces that made the most indelible impressions on them.

In Tilton, Mike's Grill is the family business

TILTON — If you drive too fast on Illinois 1 between Danville and Westville, you might just miss one of Vermilion County's greatest attractions.

It's tucked away on the west side of the highway, just south of Ross Lane, next to Carnaghi's garage and across the street from farm fields and an Indiana produce stand.

It's Mike's Grill.

Tom Kacich: Harold pledges she'll combat public corruption

As candidate introductions go, you can't do much better than this one for Erika Harold from state Sen. Chapin Rose: "Miss America, Harvard Law School and oh, by the way, she's already scared Lisa Madigan out of the race."

Getting Personal: Elaine Palencia

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, author ELAINE PALENCIA of Champaign chats with staff writer Paul Wood about literature, romance novels and growing up in Appalachia.

Tell us about some of your books. Didn't you start out by selling a couple of romance novels?

Area history, Oct. 8, 2017

Today is Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, 10 Urbana men were booked at police headquarters following a raid on an alleged poker party at the home of A.J. Brown, 901 E. Hudson St., near the Big Four Railroad shops.

This day in history, Oct. 8, 2017

Today is Sunday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2017. There are 84 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wis., and in several communities in Michigan.

On this date

In 1869, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, died in Concord, N.H.