Feeling the energy in holiday show

Lisa Gaye Dixon didn't realize how big the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" was until the first preview performance last year.

As she walked onto the stage as the Ghost of Christmas Present, she saw that every seat was taken in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. She could feel the energy.

A Norwegian pilgrimage to remember

By Sandra Bauman Santas

Olav Haraldsson was born in 995, and in 1007, at the age of 12, he went on a Viking expedition.

In 1014, he was baptized in Rouen, France. He returned to Norway in 1015, was elected king and introduced Christianity to that country.

Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis to reopen next month

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A key St. Louis bridge across the Mississippi River is scheduled to reopen next month after being closed for upgrades since the summer.

Cheap gas fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day

JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

The roads more traveled

If you're driving during the Thanksgiving holiday week, don't wait till Wednesday if you can help it.

Over a seven-year period, that day of the Thanksgiving week has more accidents than any other in Champaign and Vermilion counties, according to state crash records.

Watch out: It's a bad time for lost luggage

NEW YORK — Heading into winter, fliers should take extra precautions with their checked luggage — December and January are traditionally the worst months for lost bags.

To avoid problems, arrive at the airport early enough to let your bag get to the plane, and print out a copy of your itinerary from the airline's website and stick it inside just in case all the tags get ripped off.

Cairo: An amazing experience

By Rick Snyder

Flying into Cairo, my wife, Mary Ann, and I first noticed the immense desert, which makes up 90 percent of Egypt.

Then we saw the Nile River, flowing north to the Mediterranean. Ninety-five percent of Egyptians live within 35 miles of its life-giving waters.

Top of the morning, Nov. 23, 2015

"Each time I see something crazy," says state trooper TRACY LILLARD, "I think I've seen it all.

"Then the next thing happens."

I asked Lillard, who handles much of the media communication for the state police District 10 that includes our area, about dumb things she has seen drivers do.

Here are her top 5 (and No. 4 is really seven examples all by itself):

In space race, C-U missing out

CHAMPAIGN — When Champaign County competed with nine other communities to host the 2016 Illinois Republican state convention, it made the five finalists list but couldn't match what Peoria had to offer, at least when it came down to convenience.

PODCAST: Cory Jobe, Illinois State Travel Director

PODCAST: Cory Jobe, Illinois State Travel Director: Play now!

Cory Jobe of Enjoy Illinois visits the News Hour to preview the holiday travel season and great travel options in Illinois.


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