Champaign native on Miss Illinois crown: 'There were big hugs and happy tears'

MARION — Her senior year at the University of Illinois can wait.

For 21-year-old Grace Khachaturian, the next 12 months will be devoted to her role as Miss Illinois.

Those Who Served | 'It was a thrill'

CHAMPAIGN — The night Jay Jackson landed at Danang, North Vietnam forces lobbed mortar shells at them and hit a fuel depot that burned for three days.

His Air Force comrades were told to don protective gear, but they hadn't yet been issued it, so they were told to hunker down under their beds.

This day in history, June 11, 2018

Today is Monday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2018. There are 203 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain.

On this date

In 1509, England's King Henry VIII married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Top of the Morning, June 11, 2018

If you were thinking that C-U got swallowed whole by thunderstorms this weekend, you were perhaps more right than you knew.

That's the impression reader KENT WENDLER of Champaign got when he looked at the radar Friday afternoon as one of the small but intense bursts of severe weather moved through the area.

On second try, Dems nominate Douglas for county board seat

In the latest twist in a monthlong drama, Democratic precinct committee members have chosen attorneyTracy Douglas to fill the 22nd seat on the Champaign County Board.

The Reluctant Townie | Hot summer trends this year

With official, calendar-sanctioned summer right around the corner, it's never too late to brush up on the hottest seasonal fashions and trends. Lucky for you, I've done all of the heavy lifting and researched the must-have summer stylings of 2018. So put down your mail-order catalogs, open up your checkbook and let me help craft your perfect summer look.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, June 10, 2018

We asked 10 women who've appeared on a variety of stages: What do you make of Miss America saying bye bye to bikinis and evening gowns and hello to a competition that's open to women of all shapes and sizes?

Getting Personal: John Farney

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 40-year-old Champaign County Treasurer JOHN FARNEY of rural Urbana chats about politics, his family and Scouting with staff writer Paul Wood.

What's new in the treasurer's office?

For Yingying Zhang's family, uncertainty is cruelest part of ordeal

The phone calls usually come once a week, during the day, when it's the middle of the night back home in China.

When Ronggao Zhang feels the heartache of missing his daughter, Yingying, who disappeared a year ago from the University of Illinois campus. When his wife, Lifeng Ye, has the recurring dream that her daughter is still alive, somewhere.

Ladies' Night: 'That's What She Said' returns in 2019

CHAMPAIGN — The 2018-19 Virginia Theatre season gives voice once again to an innovative series, "That's What She Said."

After a brief hiatus, the women-based, often-humorous show comes back March 2. Tickets go on sale July 20.

It joins many national acts at the downtown theater, giving a voice to the people who are often in the audience.