Roberta Morris' creation, the tiny village of 500 pieces on display through New Year's Day at Urbana's Lincoln Square Mall.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

December 23, 2016

Holiday ‘Little Village’ Display Keeps Growing

Roberta Morris has been collecting 'little village' pieces for more than 20 years. It's paid off, with three years of displays at Urbana's Lincoln Square Mall, and at other charitable events in the area before that. Her glimpse of life in the 1950's now contains over 500 pieces. It's on display through New Year's Day.

Timothy Killeen

University of Illinois

December 22, 2016

Killeen: Merit-Based Raises Coming in 2017

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen sent a mass e-mail Thursday, saying a merit-based 2-percent salary program is coming in February and March of next year. He said leaders have worked hard to manage resources effectively despite the state budget impasse. Administrators and leaders on each campus will announce the timeline for the raises in January.

Homes in one east Urbana neighborhood celebrate the holidays along the route known as Candlestick Lane in 2015.

Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

December 22, 2016

Encore: The History Of Urbana’s Candlestick Lane

For one east Urbana neighborhood, the Christmas season means more than time with family and exchanging gifts. There’s also a sense of pride up and down the street when it comes to showing off holiday spirit on the front lawn, the porch - and maybe even the roof. Candlestick Lane started in 1963, brought on by a utility company's decorating contest, and is still a local attraction 53 years later.

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