Weekend Planner: Magical performances

Sixty-three years ago, the Champaign-Urbana Junior Woman's Club began putting on shows — in members' garages — for area kids. They're still at it with their annual Tom Thumb Production but have moved to a nicer venue: the Clif Aldridge Auditorium at Centennial High School, 913 Crescent Drive, C.

Champaign man's lawsuit alleges police coerced witnesses

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man who served 18 years in prison for murder before being released by a federal judge a year ago has filed a lawsuit against the city of Champaign and six of its police officers who investigated the case.

Spate of campus sexual-assault reports prompts post from UI police

URBANA — Three campus sexual assaults in a little over a week — all by someone known to the victims — have prompted University of Illinois police to send out a Q&A to parents and students about how those reports are handled.

Champaign businessman charged with fraud in Florida

CHAMPAIGN — In 1993, the city of Champaign gave a $350,000 loan to businessman Jack Hayes so he could buy and repair the parking garage at Church and Randolph streets.

"You can nail my carcass to the side of that deck if this doesn't work," Hayes told the city at the time.

Jarling's reopens after a month of renovations

CHAMPAIGN — The Oreo snowstorms and cold-fudge sundaes are being served up again at Jarling's Custard Cup after a monthlong shutdown for store improvements.

Jarling's closed in January so its new owners could renovate restrooms that have been closed for decades and upgrade equipment to help fill customers' orders faster, said co-owner Tom Siegel.

Area history, Feb. 18, 2017

Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2017

EARL FINDER was recognized at Friday's 75th anniversary celebration of the Illini Union for his many years of service.

But Finder's ties to the UI landmark — finished in 1941 at a cost of $1.425 million — started well before he punched the clock first as a student employee (1944) and later as director (1960-76).

This day in history, Feb. 18, 2017

Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2017. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Feb. 18, 1977, the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its debut "flight" above Edwards Air Force Base in California.

On this date:

Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 17, 2017

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UPDATE: I-57 lane reopened north of Champaign after debris cleanup

UPDATE: As of 3:15 the debris had been cleaned up and the lanes reopened.

The Illinois State Police, Champaign Fire Department, and IDOT have the right lane of Interstate 57 northbound between mileposts 237 and 238 shut down for a debris cleanup stemming from a minor incident with a
commercial vehicle.