We said bye-bye to Burnham Mansion, the late Great Impasta and those funky eclipse glasses, and welcome to the 44th president, the Pride Parade and a Pesotum farm-playing Luke Bryan. As the clock winds down on the 2010s — and the countdown continues to a new Costco in Champaign, a casino in Danville and A/C at last throughout Central High School

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By now, everyone knows Rule No. 1 of the Thanksgiving dinner table: He who broaches the subject of politics gets a pumpkin pie to the face. As for Thursday’s meal itself, we reached out to cable cooking show celebrities and other first-rate foodies and asked for a few words of wisdom.

As hard-working high schoolers at Unity, Tom (Class of ‘79) and Beth (Class of ‘82) met at Monical’s. Today, they run the popular pizza joint.

Farm bankruptcies, the food and beverage tax increase in C-U, an infrequently used runway at Willard Airport, a problematic sign at Memorial Stadium, the new track at Champaign’s McKinley Field, farmland at Philo and Windsor in Urbana, and locally made toffee.

Among the 1,940 former students and faculty on our Gies College of Business-powered website: 1970 history/economics grad John Matras, a prolific automotive writer whose stuff you might have seen in Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, Popular Science or dozens of other publications.

Among the 1,935 memories you’ll find on our Gies College of Business-powered website is one from two-degree grad Ramona Sullivan of the Champaign County Public Defender's Office, a 2020 judge candidate.

This week's stop in our video series on local businesses with stories to tell: Champaign's Papa Del's, a pizza lover's paradise that is enjoying its new radio connection.

This week's stop in our series on area businesses with stories to tell: The Beef House in Covington, Ind., a favorite stop of Illini teams (Lovie Smith's crew was there Friday) to and from Purdue.

Campus Ink co-owner Steven Farag was working on his business’ pop-up shop in the former C.O. Daniels midday on a Friday, not normally a busy time for campus bars. But on normal days, a campus institution isn’t closing down next door.

The seven-story Marriott Aloft is slated to open by the end of 2020 on the corner of Hill and Neil streets with 132 rooms, a bar on the first floor, and 'a robot that will come and deliver your food and beverage for room service.'

The downtown sections of Urbana and Champaign get some Mailbag love this week, particularly two hotels — one almost 100 years old and another about to begin construction.