Tom Kacich: Where the political ads go on TV

If you want to avoid the last-minute flood of negative television commercials about the 13th Congressional District race, watch a sitcom. There's a good chance there won't be any political ads.

Rich Warren: Sound bars allow you to drink in better clarity from TVs

Belly up to the sound bar boys (and girls). A reader asked if the sound bars being marketed for TVs would improve upon the interior speakers:

Rich Warren: Satellite providers consider local channels bonus coverage

Readers wonder why certain channels appear on satellite or cable, but not all of their favorites. For example, WICD now is carried by DISH, but a reader wanted to know, why not DirecTV? Or that Mediacom doesn't carry Fox Sports Midwest, which covers the St. Louis Cardinals.

'SNL' vet plans to talk a little trash during visit to C-U

CHAMPAIGN — Seth Meyers will come to the Assembly Hall to gloat, among other things, about how much better his alma mater is doing compared to the Illini.

"I see Northwestern in the Rose Bowl," Meyers said of the Wildcats, who were 6-1 at the time of his prediction.

Illinois, not so much.

A Life Remembered: Meteorologist Reese a 'fun-loving' professional

The communities of central Illinois are remembering popular WCIA-TV meteorologist Robert Reese, who has lost his battle against cancer.

Mr. Reese, 50, passed away Tuesday night at the University of Chicago Hospital. He had battled cancer for many years and was most recently fighting pneumonia.

Star of live cooking show has put focus on childhood obesity

CHAMPAIGN — Tickets are still available for a day of healthy eating events with British comic cook Jon Ashton.

The Liverpool-raised chef will perform a live cooking show from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 as part of his Dash Around The Table Tour.

He is also talking about childhood obesity.

'Mid-American Gardener' host well-known for teaching - and love of plants and people

ST. JOSEPH — The logistics might make it impossible, but WILL-TV ought to film its weekly program "Mid-American Gardener" at host Dianne Noland's home and garden.

She and her husband and son, Drew, when he's home from Northland College, live in a beautiful rustic log house near the Salt Fork River in rural St. Joseph.

No cause for PBS interference, but problem is fixed

URBANA — PBS may need to call on Sherlock Holmes to solve "The Case of The Scrambled Signal."

But DirecTV viewers in central Illinois may not care, now that they're once again receiving WILL-TV clearly.

In February, DirecTV viewers began having problems getting WILL in the evening and at night — specifically between 5:25 p.m. and 6:25 a.m.

Three Danville natives in town to sing

DANVILLE — First it was Bryan Wilson singing "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" with the Mississippi Children's Choir.

Then it was Jared Yates making it to Hollywood as one of the "American Idol" finalists.

And then, it was Christian Cunningham, winning the teen version of "The Voice" on NBC's "Today" show last month.

Singing contest winner makes hometown proud

DANVILLE — Students throughout the Danville school district flocked to computers on Tuesday, but not to do their classroom assignments.

They were eager to go on to NBC's "Today" website and vote for the person they thought should win the show's national singing competition for kids — in this case, fellow Danville student Christian Cunningham.