Top of the Morning, Dec. 19, 2017

Zac Sickler missed Central Illinois Business' Forty Under 40 banquet in September, even though he was one of the honored guests. But the CEO and owner of IdHair North America had a rock-solid excuse: He was taking part in drill duties for the Air National Guard in Terre Haute, Ind.

"It would have been great to have been there," he said, "and meet all the other folks who were honored."

Area history, Dec. 19, 2017

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Starting Five: A look back at men's Braggin' Rights

More than half of this year's Illini haven't played in a Braggin' Rights game yet.

Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY takes a look at five former Illini who rose to another level against Missouri:

Malcolm Hill (2013-16)

Golden Opportunity: Big Ten bowl matchups

The Big Ten is hoping to bounce back from a 3-7 bowl record last season. Eight schools from Jim Delany's league are going bowling, starting Dec. 27. AP Top 25 voter and Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen weighs in with what to expect:

Pinstripe Bowl
Iowa vs. Boston College
4:15 p.m., Dec. 27

One night in the cold has the power to change view of homelessness

CHAMPAIGN — Don't just think of One Winter Night as a shivering downtown sleep-out.

It's an experience that could change your life, says the new executive director of C-U at Home, Rob Dalhaus III.

Teddy Eddleman, wife of Illini legend, was a legend herself

Teddy Eddleman liked to stay involved. As much as possible.

"She was a super volunteer," Champaign's Charlie Finn said.

"The community meant a great deal to her," Blanche Finn said. "She was just so sweet and just so giving."

Mrs. Eddleman, the wife of the late Illini legend Dike Eddleman, passed away on Friday at Villa West in Champaign. She was 92.

Firefighters seek life-saving CPR devices

CHAMPAIGN — As firefighters spend more time answering medical calls, fire departments around the county are chipping in to buy automatic chest compression devices.

Those Who Served: In Niger, prepared for all terrains

NIAMEY, NIGER — After serving in Bahrain and Turkey, Sgt. Seth Carroll has equipment stored and ready for any mission that might come up.

His current duty is to train Nigerian soldiers on how to operate, maintain and recover their vehicle equipment in case of an incident. The soldiers are patrolling for an Islamic State affiliate in what has become a longtime clash.

Area history, Dec. 18, 2017

Today is Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 18, 2017

Continuing our look back at the most-viewed things on our website by pageviews in 2017 (last week's first installment focused on videos), we're turning this week to another component of our online offerings that print can't match — photo galleries.