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On a warm June afternoon, I stepped into the cavernous Saint Eustache Church in Paris, France. Organ music was bouncing off the 110-foot ceiling, filling the 345-foot-long 15th-Century Gothic structure. Walking toward the sound, I saw a petite Asian woman sitting at the keyboard. A flyer sai…

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with Renee Antrosio, pastor at New Covenant Fellowship in Champaign since June 2016.

Americans' age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member's sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with Champaign City Council member Will Kyles, who also serves as assistant pastor at Berean Covenant Church in Champaign.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Glen Triplett, pastor at the 140-member Friendship Lutheran Church of Joy in southwest Champaign.

This week's lineup: weeds, wrecked bikes, the new Farren's, Costco, Chick-fil-A, prohibitions at the DMV, the Urbana Civic Center, hazardous waste collections, a large natural area under construction in Urbana and an ancient tree that has seen better days.

When Champaign's Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal celebrated its 100th birthday a year ago, the congregation did much more than blow out candles — it abolished $4 million of medical debt for people across the southern two-thirds of Illinois.

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois historians say a Bible that belonged to Abraham Lincoln in the last year of his life will be put on display at the presidential museum and library in the 16th president's hometown.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the 39-year-old Champaign resident who serves as director of operations and finance for the St. John's Catholic Newman Center.

Humane society, hockey, history, Hardee's, holes in parking lots and the harvest of trees are among the items in this week's Mailbag.

LBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.

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In this week's edition of our feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell talks with the Rev. Jason Schiller, pastor of Presbyterian churches in Tolono and Philo.

CHICAGO (AP) — A Catholic church is holding a series of weekday Masses in Chicago streets to promote peace.The first Mass by St. Agnes of Bohemia Church will be held Tuesday night in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Another is planned for Wednesday. The 7 p.m. service will mostly be twice a week through July 16.