The four veterans honored at Thursday's Quilts of Valor ceremony were Jim Acheson of the Navy, Howard Rhodes of the Illinois National Guard, Ed Kobel of the Air Force and Bob Reifsteck of the Army.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Debra Pressey chats with the Rev. Terrance Thomas, the new pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Champaign.

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The 12-member Census Advisory Panel was created to serve as an advisory board to the Census Office within the state Department of Human Services to help ensure a complete and accurate census count in Illinois, according to an executive order.

Loren Tate’s weekend column about the tragic bleacher collapse at Purdue basketball game in 1947 hit home for Carolyn Conrad of Urbana.

The new co-host of the WDWS Morning Show with Dave Gentry talked with staff writer Alexandria Kobryn about his Homer roots and love of wrestling and how he came to be where he is today.

In Chapter 3 of our monthlong series, we asked those in the know to gaze into their crystal balls and tell us what big changes they wouldn’t be shocked to see in their field by the end of the decade of the 2020s.

During her time at Rantoul Township High School, the math teacher has found a home teaching students of various abilities and learning styles in different ways.

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the University YMCA on Wright Street will close early for the day, as a way to pay tribute to one of its own: longtime receptionist and housing director CaroL Nunn, 65, who passed away Saturday after an eight-month bout with cancer.

Staff writer Mary Schenk chats with the senior executive secretary at the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office who is set to retire Jan. 24 after 35 years.

‘See the able, not the label.’ That’s the outlook that the Lincoln Trail Elementary alumna brings to the classroom now, back at her Mahomet alma mater as a COMPASS special-education teacher.

If she had to single out a favorite teacher from her own youth, the Unit 4 grad-turned-Jefferson Middle School special-ed teacher says the nod would go to Burton Huddleston, whom she had for fourth and fifth grade at Booker T. Washington Elementary.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, Piatt County Journal-Republican Editor Steve Hoffman chats with Thomasboro native Terry Strom, who was installed last summer at Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello.

The clue: He created Saturday’s crossword puzzle for The New York Times. The answer: University of Illinois student Adam Aaronson.

Before driving to Miami with her dog Harley for the holidays, the new director of La Casa Cultural Latina at the University of Illinois talked with staff writer Julie Wurth about her first living in a place where it snows and her plans for La Casa.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Debra Pressey looks at the International Peace Light, which originates in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, and was used to relight the gas stoves at two church kitchens in Champaign and Urbana.