Former Negro Leaguer and Chicago White Sox player Minnie Minoso stands during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers in August 2013.
(AP Photo/David Banks, File)
March 01, 2015

White Sox Legend Minoso Dead At 90

Five weeks after the passing of Ernie Banks (the first black player with the Cubs), Minnie Minoso, who broke Chicago's color line with the White Sox, died Sunday morning.  The team says he was 90.


cast of To Kill A Mockingbird on stage
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February 19, 2015

Central High Adds Twist To ‘Mockingbird’

If you've read the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, you know it's a story that centers largely on issues of race and justice. Those are themes that continue to resonate today. So, when Champaign's Central High School decided to stage a performance of Harper Lee's novel, they added a modern twist. This weekend, students will perform two versions of the play; one with a traditional cast, the other with the races of the major characters reversed.


Screenshot of video showing a car driving through a student rally outside Centennial High School.
(You Tube)
January 28, 2015

No Charges To Be Filed In Champaign Centennial Protest Incident

A car windshield was broken when students participating in December's 'die-in' took to the street.  State's Attorney Julia Rietz suggests instead that the school district resolve it through 'mediation and community education.'


In a March 2014 file photo, Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago.
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
January 24, 2015

‘Mr. Cub’ Ernie Banks Dies At 83

The two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of losing on Cubs teams, died Friday night.


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