Ann-Marie Stimphson and Wes Kocher of Champaign plant a tree on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Gifford, Ill.
(Sean Powers/WILL)
April 05, 2014

New Trees in Gifford Help Rebuild Community

If you travel to the Champaign County town of Gifford, you will still find destroyed homes and trees snapped like twigs by a tornado last November. After a long, bitter winter, people are working to put the community back together.


A mural depicting the March 28, 1864 riot between between Union troops and Southern sympathizers in Charleston, Ill.
(Courtesy of the Charleston Riot 150th Anniversary Steering Committee)
March 28, 2014

Charleston Riot 150th Anniversary

This weekend, the Coles County city of Charleston will be commemorating a riot that happened at the court house and town square March 28, 1864...150 years ago...between Union troops and Southern sympathizers.


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The USDA's Colleen Callahan present Gifford Mayor Derald Ackerman with a check to made needed improvements to the town's water plant and tower.
(Sean Powers/WILL)
March 24, 2014

Gifford Awarded USDA Grant For Water System Improvements

Four months after a powerful tornado ripped through the Champaign County town of Gifford, the community is getting help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to replace its water plant and water tower


February 27, 2014

Macon County May Issue Same-Sex Licenses Early

Macon County Clerk Steve Bean expects to make a decision early next week about whether to issue same-sex marriage licenses before Illinois' new gay marriage law starts June 1.


Cook County Clerk David Orr, left, performs a marriage ceremony for Theresa Volpe, second from left, and Mercedes Santos on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago.
(M. Spencer Green/AP)
February 25, 2014

Champaign County Waiting To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Early

Last week, a federal judge issued a ruling to allow same-sex couples in Cook County to marry ahead of June 1, when same-sex marriage will be legal in all of Illinois. That has raised questions about how the ruling affects other counties wanting to issue the marriage licenses early.


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