Touring Turin

By Mark Dirksen and Beth Maynard

Italy's greatest travel hits are great indeed: Rome and Florence, Venice and Naples, the Lago di Como, and all the marvelous countryside in between. Turin usually doesn't make the list — indeed, the Shroud is about all anyone ever mentions.

John Roska: Headphones a no-no while driving

Q: Is it illegal to drive wearing headphones?

A:Yes, in Illinois, unless it's a Bluetooth headset for one ear. Any other kind of headphones or headset is prohibited.

Peoria airport aiming for more international flights

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Officials at Peoria's airport say they hope renovations in the works will help the facility compete for passengers wanting to fly international.

Catching up with friends in Beijing

By Lawson Lau

Ten near-perfect days in Beijing. That's how I would describe my fifth visit to China's capital city in early June.

Steady rain fell the first day, just before we watched the lowering-of-the-flag ceremony at Tiananmen Square, a short distance from the Grand Hyatt, where we stayed.

Exit plan

CHAMPAIGN — More than a year before the first car turned a wheel on the brand new I-57 interchange at Curtis Road, a city consultant hailed the more than 600 acres of farmland surrounding it as a rare economic development opportunity.

New branding debuts for Willard

SAVOY — Willard Airport supporters are rallying behind the banner of the airport's new slogan, "I Fly CU."

With more than 120 local business, government and educational leaders cheering them on, former Champaign City Manager Steve Carter, Savoy Village Board Member Joan Dykstra and Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing unveiled the airport's new logo Wednesday afternoon.

Bye-bye, 'Fly CMI'

Former Champaign city manager Steve Carter talks Willard today at 4:20 on WDWS.


The University of Illinois Airport Advisory Board, a group of 20 local leaders, will gather at 3 p.m. today to unveil a new branding campaign intended to better connect Willard Airport to the broader community. The latest:

UI opens railroad-focused laboratory

Coming at 1:30 p.m. today on campus: a ceremony marking the opening of the UI's railroad-focused Research and Innovation Laboratory. A few things you ought to know about RAIL:

Higher gas prices? We're not alone

Where's the best place to buy gas? Tell Tom Kacich about it here

The price of regular gasoline in Illinois jumped more than 56 cents a gallon in the last week, according to the gasoline price website

Reliving a national tragedy

By Margaret Schrock

Time travel is possible in Dallas. The Sixth Floor Museum in the downtown section of the Texas city transports visitors to the 1960s to relive the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.