URBANA — After a series of visits to the campus, including meet-and-greets with potential teammates, neighborhood tours and dinners highlighting local food of Champaign-Urbana (however, there was no reported home visit from the chancellor), the University of Illinois has landed a package deal: two young(ish) recruits out of Detroit who have committed to join the campus by fall 2014.
"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
URBANA — Judge Arnold Blockman didn't break out his crimson robe nor did the charming choir of court clerks make an appearance as they do on Valentine's Day.
Nonetheless, it was a festive atmosphere at the Champaign County Courthouse on Tuesday as seven couples chose 11-12-13 as the date to legalize their unions.
We have been pet-free for several years, much to my children’s dismay.
After our last remaining cat died in 2007, we took a break.
Excuse rolled over onto excuse: We’ll get a new one when the kids are a little older ... after we get back from vacation ... as soon as we get through this busy period at work.
Truth is, I was tired of hairballs and litter boxes.
By KATHY SWEEDLER
University of Illinois Extension
When you work for the University of Illinois Extension, you receive interesting questions. My latest unusual question was "Is it cost-effective for a family to raise backyard chickens?" Like many questions about money, this is a more complex question than it might initially seem.
CHAMPAIGN — Veteran Charles F. "Chick" Bruns of Champaign wrote a "blog" during World War II.
Only now is it being published.
And with the help of a website created by his son, readers can follow along — 70 years later — with daily entries in his diary, as his unit served in north Africa and Europe, until the war's end.
CHAMPAIGN — Jim Rossow has been named executive editor of The News-Gazette, succeeding John Beck, who is retiring from the newspaper after 38 years.
Rossow has been The News-Gazette's sports editor since 1996. During that time, The News-Gazette's sports section has consistently been recognized as one of the best sports sections in the nation.
CHAMPAIGN — Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Room 62 of the Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.
Gates, who has an international reputation, is a multimedia artist, designer and musician. Art in America magazine also described him in a 2011 profile as an urban planner and developer, community organizer and cultural entrepreneur.
CHAMPAIGN — James Kyung, who brought his own brand of gourmet doughnuts to Urbana's Market on the Square this year, now wants to put the idea on wheels.
Doughnuts generally aren't considered gourmet fare, but Kyung set out to break that stereotype by selling bacon apple fritters with maple glaze; chocolate overdose doughnuts; and peanut butter-banana doughnuts.