Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Website has local history images of Arthur

At the Illinois Digital Archives one can view 477 photographs of Art

Monticello Middle School a finalist in Samsung contest

MONTICELLO — Look for more physical movement from students in Jennifer Smith's Monticello Middle School science classroom in the future. But in a good way.

As one of five Illinois finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, Smith is researching ways to allow students to burn off a little steam within the structure of a productive classroom.

Area update: Garden Hills students getting gifts

CHAMPAIGN — For the 12th year in a row, students involved in the University of Illinois' Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will donate Christmas gifts to students at Garden Hills Elementary.

Go figure: Numerical look at headlines

A numerical look at what's making local headlines


Big names who will likely join HILLARY CLINTON, CARL SAGAN, THE REV. THEODORE HESBURGH and 322 others awarded honorary degrees during UI commencement ceremonies.

Wired In: James Langer

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet JAMES LANGER, 36, president of Serionix, which makes high-performance filtration materials for removal of toxic chemicals from air and water, with a large number of customers — from the Army to an appliance maker.

The team

Go figure, UI edition, Dec. 4, 2015

A numerical look at what's making headlines on the UI campus


Coursera chief: iMBA a glimpse at future

URBANA — The "stackable" online degree offered by the new University of Illinois "iMBA" is a harbinger of big changes in graduate education, says the president of the groundbreaking Silicon Valley company partnering with the UI on the effort.

Rich Warren: Gifts for the techie in your life

While people still give clothes, travel and kitchenware, electronic items top the lists of most people. Not to mention that so many electronic gifts fit easily in stockings. Thus, you save money on extensive rolls of gift wrap.

I've surveyed the electronic cottage in which I dwell to determine the best gifts to bestow. All cost less than $500.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Was your ancestor an inventor?

The first patent laws of the United States were enacted in 1790 and the first U.S. patent was issued that year to Samuel Hopkins of Philadelphia, Pa. There have been over 8 million patents issued since then. Perhaps it might be wise to check if a specific ancestor received one.

Area update: Staff cuts planned at Willow Pond Golf Course

RANTOUL — A disappointed Kevin Applebee said he will be making staff cuts at Willow Pond Golf Course in the hope of at least breaking even in 2016.