Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Top 100 genealogy websites of 2016 listed

GenealogyInTime Magazine has posted the 2016 list of Top 100 Genealogy Websites at

DACC board to vote on tuition increase

DANVILLE — Students may have to dig a little deeper in their pockets to attend Danville Area Community College later this year.

DACC trustees are set to vote on a proposed $10 per-credit-hour tuition increase at their meeting on Tuesday.

Top of the morning, March 22, 2016

On Monday, Twitter turned 10 years old. No better time for an update on our many accounts.


Our most popular handle with 23,588 followers. That's up from 3,088 followers five years ago.


'This is payback time'

DANVILLE — As a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Julius W. Hegeler II flew 70 combat missions in the Korean War, including the last.

Later, he helped build a company that would become the world's largest contract packager of chemical specialties and one of Vermilion County's largest employers.

Wired In: Lori Gold Patterson

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Lori Gold Patterson, 50, founder and CEO of fast-growing Pixo in Urbana. 


Her company creates software and has provided business consulting to over 450 startups and established organizations. She has managed projects as large as $5 million.

UI vice president stepping down in August

URBANA — The vice president for research at the University of Illinois plans to step down next August, and President Tim Killeen said the position may be retooled.

Lawrence Schook, a renowned biomedical researcher, is resigning from his administrative post to return to the faculty and resume his research.

Rich Warren: Volt has all the bells, whistles — except a CD player

My friend Mike raved about his new 2017 Chevy Volt advanced plug-in hybrid car.

So the next day I pointed my aging first-generation Toyota Camry hybrid toward Sullivan Chevrolet.

The Volt really amped me up, so to speak. The salesman, Adam, couldn't have been nicer or more knowledgeable.

Verm officials: Ballot problem won't change outcome of any races

DANVILLE — Officials in Vermilion County estimate about 55 federal ballots across several precincts, including in Danville, were mistakenly handed out in Tuesday's election, but they ensure the snafu won't affect the official outcome of any races.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy website celebrates 20 years

Genealogists everywhere have learned to depend on CyndisList to find links to genealogy-related websites in just about every category. It is difficult to believe that this essential, free resource has been available for over 20 years!

Go figure: UI edition, March 11, 2016

A numerical look at UI headlines


Number of times interim Chancellor BARBARA WILSON has indicated whether she wants the job permanently.