Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press

Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever

BERNARD CONDON, Associated Press
ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press
MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press

Rich Warren: Gift guide for your favorite gadget lover

The Big Day is just a week away and today also is the second day of Hanukkah, so you may still be scrambling for gifts. Here are a few suggestions in case you missed the Black Friday column. You might even have these gifts in hand by the last day of Hanukkah without paying for overnight shipping.

Surge in health law sign-ups


Cook County to join cameras-in-court program

MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

CUB, AARP urge preservation of land lines in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The Citizens Utility Board and AARP Illinois are urging residents to call state legislators and ask them to preserve land-line phone service in Illinois.

Area schools in national effort to get kids to learn computer code

HOOPESTON — If you had peeked into the John Greer Elementary School library on Thursday morning, you may have thought that fifth- and sixth-graders were playing "Angry Birds" or Disney-movie-themed video games on their Chromebooks.

'To live a life well blessed'

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will be able to keep its competitive edge in manufacturing education and training thanks to a $3 million wing opening to students next month.

On Wednesday, about 150 people got a sneak peek at the Julius W. Hegeler II Advanced Technology Center at a ceremony to dedicate the wing and honor the DACC Foundation board member who made it possible.

Rich Warren: Looking for a deal? Wait till the New Year

For those who participated in retail madness over the Thanksgiving weekend, may you enjoy the fruits of your mania. I saw very few advertised "black Friday" electronics specials that were truly special.

Illinois Ancestors: U.S. offers guide for American Indian research

The U.S. Department of the Interior has a helpful 10-page booklet on the Internet, "Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry," at Whether one wishes to "verify a family tradition" or "just learn more," this publication can be most helpful.