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Where the UI's St. John's Newman Center checks in on's just-out list of the top 50 college Newman Centers in America.

Yes, there is such a ranking, devised by a combination of factors, including regular weekly Mass times, Confession opportunities and community-building events. (Only colleges with 100 or more Catholic students were eligible).

Of St. John's, "like a mini-campus within a campus," the site writes: "Faith and fun come together for a life-changing experience" and touts the center's multiple priests/sisters and student participation in service and social justice.

1 in 1,307

The chances of becoming a victim of burglary in Mahomet, according to FBI crime data analyzed by That's the area's best rate and No. 38 statewide.

The odds are also in your favor in Homer (1 in 1,198, No. 44 in Illinois), Arthur (1 in 1,143, 52nd) and Atwood (1 in 598, 162nd).


States in which gun deaths were more common than motor vehicle deaths in 2014, according to CDC data analyzed by the Violence Policy Center.

Among them: Illinois, with 1,179 deaths caused by a gun and 1,075 by a vehicle. Ours is among 11 states that weren't on this list five years ago, when VPC first started studying the topic.

Indiana was, however, and remains there. The other mainstays: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington state.

Authors of the study note that nine out of 10 American households have access to a motor vehicle and fewer than a third have a gun.


Large hats worn by BRIAN MOODY, whose LinkedIn profile now lists dual titles — "Executive Director, Tuscola Chamber and Economic Development" and "Fire Chief, Tuscola."

The latter is a new addition for the 19-year firefighter, who takes over a department of 34 that STEVE HETTINGER ran until his recent retirement.

"I'm very excited about this new role," Moody said. "Steve had a very well-organized fire department."

6 lbs., 3 oz.

Dimensions for little AMOS GRIMES JR., the first baby to arrive in 2016 at Gibson City's Gibson Area Hospital. DR. KATHERINE AUSTMAN delivered the son of Rantoul's AMANDA RATTS and JESSE GRIMES at 2:19 a.m. New Year's Day.

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