Police: Watch out for slick roads

Be careful out there.
That's the word from state police who are responding to crashes and vehicles sliding off the road throughout Champaign and Coles counties and on Interstates 57, 72 and 74.
"Consistent light snow, heavy winds, and dropping temperatures are causing the road to ice up in all areas,"

Northern Illinois jail hopes to use wind turbine for power

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Officials at one northern Illinois county jail hope to install a 120-foot wind turbine in an effort to cut electricity costs by 40 to 70 percent.

Ohio River: Gateway to the West

By Kenneth R. Olson and Lois Wright Morton

The Illinois city of Cairo overlooks the confluence of two great rivers, the Ohio and Mississippi.

On foreign soil

When Maria Braendeland and Roberta Spanu first arrived in DeLand, fresh off the plane from Europe, the pace of their new school (enrollment: 60) and town (population: 446) was enough to make them question their decision to go on an American adventure.

Living in a country home surrounded by corn didn't help, either.

Organizers cancel Rockford AirFest 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Organizers of the Rockford AirFest have cancelled the event for this year, citing an inability to attract the U.S. military's acrobatic jet teams.

3 Chicago attractions free to Illinois residents on holiday

CHICAGO (AP) — Three top Chicago attractions are providing free general admission on Presidents' Day to Illinois residents.

Airlines restore tiny perks, like pretzels, to pacify fliers


NEW YORK (AP) — After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach.

Taking a family trip to new heights

By Alex Ruggieri

We began our Peruvian adventure from Willard Airport, because I fly C-U.

The following morning, we arrived in Lima, where we met up with all five of our adult children, their spouses and our oldest grandson. After a short plane ride, we arrived at our final destination — Cusco.

Tom's #Mailbag, Jan. 29, 2016

Got a question for Tom? Ask it here

Another fine week for mailbag questions. I've always said our readers are a curious group, and I mean that as a compliment.

A whirlwind tour

CATLIN — The skies over the Catlin Regional Airport were a little cloudy Tuesday morning, but neither the weather nor the full flight seemed to dampen the spirits of the young passengers aboard Salt Fork Air 512, excited for their trip around the world.