Davis: 'Disappointed' in many GOP colleagues for not backing health care bill

What state lawmakers and other notables are saying about Friday’s news — the House Republican health care bill didn’t receive the support it needed, paving the way for Obamacare to remain the law of the land for at least the foreseeable future:

Podcast: Penny for Your Thoughts 03-24-17

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This day in history, March 24, 2017

Today is Friday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2017. There are 282 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On March 24, 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.

On this date:

Bristol Place community plan open to ideas

CHAMPAIGN — A roundabout, community clubhouse and even a neighborhood name change could be part of the upcoming Bristol Place redevelopment project.

Two vastly different points of view on ACA

CHAMPAIGN — As emotions stirred over Republican leaders' retooled health care plan, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis took to the WDWS-AM airwaves Thursday morning with a familiar message.

The Affordable Care Act is "collapsing." Medicaid will cost the state of Illinois hundreds of millions more "in just two years." Repeal-and-replace time is overdue for Obamacare.

Clergy corner, March 24, 2017

My Sunday: Beth Maynard

MY SUNDAY: Beth Maynard, Rector, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church of Champaign

The alarm goes off at 6:10 a.m.

And then the fun starts, Mother Beth writes:

My Sunday: Maggie Falenschek

MY SUNDAY: Maggie Falenschek, Pastor, St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Urbana

The Rev. Maggie Falenschek's working weekend starts Saturday with a long run, a little polishing of her sermon and a 5 p.m. service.

Sunday is a marathon for the avid runner, who shared her schedule with us:

— 5:30 a.m. My alarm goes off but rarely do I pop right up ready for the day!

Scientists plan April 22 protest march

CHAMPAIGN — Scientists locally and across the country say they've had enough of the Trump Administration not supporting science in the way they feel it should be.

So on April 22 — in Champaign, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere — they're planning "March for Science" events to raise awareness to some of the crippling cuts that have been proposed in areas of science.

Area history, March 24, 2017

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

In 1917, George F. Ray of Ranoul was killed instantly Friday night when he picked up a live wire which lay buzzing in the grass in front of his home.