Want to find out what maple sugaring boils down to?

East Central Illinois residents don't have to go to Vermont for maple syrup.

Pure maple syrup, that is.

"Most of the syrups at the grocery store are made with corn syrup. Then they add a little maple flavoring," said Charles Rhoden, superintendent of Forest Glen Preserve, which has been producing maple syrup commercially in 1984.

Champaign house fire

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign firefighters are trying to determine what sparked a fire that heavily damaged a house in west Champaign early today.

The fire at 908 W. Clark St. was reported just after 5 a.m. today.

It is unknown if anyone was in the house, which is just west of Prospect Avenue and a block south of University Avenue.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 24, 2017

While the rest of us watched the Super Bowl at home or at a bar, CAREY DAVIS went for a different venue: Afghanistan.

The former Illini and NFL fullback was part of a USO tour that visited with U.S. troops.

Area history, Feb. 24, 2017

Today is Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, the 2-cent passenger fare law was to remain in effect until a lawsuit by railroads was heard by a federal court. Judge Landis ruled that the state had the right to fix passenger rates without interference by the Interstate Commerce Commission.

This day in history, Feb. 24, 2017

Today is Friday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2017. There are 310 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

Life Remembered: Adam Jenkins

CHAMPAIGN — Josh Alford has served as the assistant director of coaching for local soccer club Illinois FC, was head coach at Champaign Central and Parkland College, and today is an assistant women’s coach at South Carolina-Aiken. It’s likely none of that would have been possible without the influence of Adam Jenkins.

02-23-17 Penny for Your Thoughts

02-23-17 Penny for Your Thoughts: Play now!

02-23-17 Penny for Your Thoughts.  Brian Barnhart with Champaign City Council member Tom Bruno and Jim Angle from the University of Illinois.  Also open line time.




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House panel supports young registry for organ donation

SPRINGFIELD — Teens 16 and 17 years old applying for a driver's license or a state identification card would be offered the chance to enter their names on an organ and tissue donor registry, under legislation approved unanimously by an Illinois House committee Thursday.

The legislation, HB 1805, is sponsored by Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park. It already has 25 cosponsors.

Monticello losing principal in July, superintendent in 2021

MONTICELLO — Longtime Monticello High School Principal Tip Reedy has been hired as superintendent of the Williamsville school district. 

His boss will follow him out the door — but not for another four years.

Admitted Urbana bank robber sentenced to 7 years

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted robbing a bank to get money for drugs was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison.

Over the objection of the prosecutor, Champaign County Judge Roger Webber agreed to recommend Jeremy Larson, 30, who listed an address in the 400 block of East High Street, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.