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John Frayne: 'Nutcracker' is a wonderful tradition

On Dec. 9, I attended the performance of Peter Tchaikovsky's masterpiece ballet "The Nutcracker" as performed by the Champaign Urbana Ballet. Deanna Doty was the artistic director and choreographer of this production.

Office has patent on guiding UI research to market

A remedy for last month's outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at a veterans home in Quincy is on the way, a University of Illinois professor vows.

If the technology Gary Eden invented was available and used to disinfect the water systems at the state-run facility, the spread of the deadly disease could have been prevented, he said.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 24, 2017

At 83 years old, Monticello's Bill Mitze wouldn't balk if asked to ref another Illinois basketball game.

"I could stand at midcourt or underneath one of the baskets," he said. "I'm not as mobile but my judgment is still good. I ref every game I watch on TV."

UI's Farmdoc team forecasts continued lean times in agriculture

CHAMPAIGN — Farmers can expect another year of high yields and low prices, extending the lean cycle they've been in.

"I would describe it as definitely lean times as far as margins, but beginning to see some signs of a beginning of a recovery in the ag sector," said Scott Irwin, an ag economist with the University of Illinois' Farmdoc team.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 21-28, 2017


This weekend


What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 21 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.


UI's December graduates ready to cross Krannert's stage

There will be no outdoor ceremony at Memorial Stadium, given the projected high of 39 degrees, but hundreds of December graduates at the University of Illinois will be honored at fall/winter commencements this weekend. A few facts, courtesy of staff writer JULIE WURTH:

John Frayne: CUSO busily delivers jolly concert

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's "Music of the Season" concert on Dec. 7 was one of the busiest I can remember, with an array of stage setups for different pieces and changes in the performing groups. All this led up to a final joke, but of that, more later.

Note to self: Leave quinoa at home for next Foo Fighters show

If you went to last month's FOO FIGHTERS concert at State Farm Center, we hope you didn't try to smuggle in any "bootleg Swedish Fish," quinoa or life-size replicas of Peter Falk.

UI engineering professor named as interim dean

CHAMPAIGN — Engineering Professor Tamer Basar, director of the Center for Advanced Study, has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois.

UI prof briefs Urbana council on research on racial microaggressions

Hear from mayor Diane Marlin Wednesday at 7:40 on WDWS.

URBANA — University of Illinois students of color experience racism in various forms while on campus, according to a professor's research project.