Free smoke detectors serve as tribute to fire victim

CHAMPAIGN — As friends of Laura Wills prepared to pay their last respects Saturday evening to the woman who perished in a fire at her home, Champaign firefighters chose to honor her their way. They handed out smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to approximately 30 of her neighbors Saturday morning.

Team approach to CPR advocated

DANVILLE — One minute John Chandler was driving back from the farm bureau feeling just fine. The next thing he remembers was waking up in the hospital.

Sudden cardiac arrest happens that fast.

A 70-year-old semi-retired Danville business owner, Chandler is one of the lucky ones.

Tom Kacich: People can report tele-town hall problems

My email box last Thursday morning was filled with comments from people who said they either didn't get a phone call or were bounced out of the tele-town hall that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis held Wednesday night.

I had signed up to listen in but was swamped with state budget duties in Springfield that night and had to take a pass, so everything I know is second hand.

Whatever happened to ... this modern marvel?

URBANA — The next time you pick up that supercomputer in your pocket, take a moment to consider its famous ancestor at the University of the Illinois.

The Illinois Automatic Computer, dubbed ILLIAC, went online in 1952, one of the first computers built with a design that is now ubiquitous in the computing world.

This day in history, Feb. 19, 2017

Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2017. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 19, 2017

Whatever happened to ... State champion Hickory High School's gym

Area history, Feb. 19, 2017

Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, more and more voters in Champaign were announcing their support for the commission form of government. The Loyal Women's Class of the University Place Church expressed its preference for the commission form, which was to be on the Feb. 20 ballot in the city.

UPDATE: 'I heard a boom'

CHAMPAIGN — A woman who apparently set fire to a mattress in her backyard Saturday morning sparked a blaze that displaced her from her home and heavily damaged her neighbor’s house.

Champaign firefighters were summoned to Michelle Thomas’ home at 403 E. Grove St., just east of the intersection of Fourth and Grove streets at 9:35 a.m. 

UPDATE: Body found in submerged vehicle

DANVILLE — Divers with the Vermilion County sheriff’s department discovered a vehicle in the water at Lake Vermilion this morning.

Sheriff Pat Hartshorn confirmed there was a woman's body inside.