Getting Personal: Rick Snider

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 52-year-old Mahomet resident Rick Snider, the new Champaign County administrator, chats with staff writer Paul Wood about his job, his years on the UI campus and his goat-cheese company.

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Main Street/Gifford: Back on its feet

The future of this village is in a bunch of kids eating ice cream and running around, some so young they barely remember a devastating tornado three years ago.

At Lenny's Ice Cream, which serves the thickest roast beef sandwiches around, as well as fancy coffee drinks, the accent is on frozen dairy products, shipped in from an artisanal operation in Wisconsin.

John Roska: Illinois Employers mostly can't check applicants' credit

Q: Can an employer check my credit report when I apply for a job?

A: In general, no. Some employers can, but most are prohibited from using credit reports or credit histories for any reason.

This requires looking at both federal and Illinois law. And because state law protects consumers more than the federal law, the state law applies.

Bob Swisher: A few suggestions for Amishland organizers

I spent the biggest part of last weekend in Amishland visiting several locations at the primitive/early American antique shows that take place twice a year.

I tried to talk with most of the dealers and visited other businesses in the area to get their views on the weekend.

Letter from Birdland: It's a good time to build bonds

A chill has come over Birdland, and we've got a lot of work to do to prepare for the long, cold, lonely winter ahead, little darlings. The heart of the matter is the hearth. We need to carve hospitable spaces in our home and our lives. In Birdland, that means we need to put our own house in order, dusting, cleaning, getting rid of unnecessary distractions.

Area history, Nov. 20, 2016

Today is Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

The Reluctant Townie: Minimizing damage this Trumpsgiving

This week is Thanksgiving, and never before has the nation experienced such a widespread, overwhelming feeling of togetherness. It's like all of America has been wrapped in a big, warm blanket of kumbaya. And just in time for the holidays!

Area history, Nov. 19, 2016

Today is Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, the homecoming program at the University of Illinois ended with an organ recital at the auditorium by Director Erb. An immense audience was present.

Area history, Nov. 18, 2016

Today is Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, 20,000 people attended the Illinois-Chicago football game at Illinois Field, and the Maroons were the victors, 20-7. The gridiron and the weather were ideal, and the Homecoming crowd was the feature of the day, which made the event one of record-breaking caliber.

Religion calendar, Nov. 18-24, 2016

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