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The 9-year-old Hampton Inn at 1200 W. University Ave., U, is undergoing an expansion to keep up with demand for its rooms, says Manager Staci Fort.
The construction is already under way and includes the addition of 39 more guest rooms and suites on the west side of the building.
RANTOUL – Fifteen years have passed since that fateful day Rantoul learned its Air Force base would close, eight years since Katy Podagrosi handed in her gavel as village mayor.
Yet, here she sits in her cheery breakfast nook on a June afternoon, taking a call from yet another state official about the Rantoul success story.
It's a tale forever linked to Podagrosi, the feisty former mayor who led the village through the painful transition from Air Force town to industrial community.
MONTICELLO – If ever a small town hospital had a devoted champion, a guardian angel and a best friend, folks say the John & Mary E. Kirby Hospital in Monticello had all of those in the late Tom Dixon.
In an era that brought hundreds of struggling small hospitals across the nation to a close, Monticello's tiny local hospital flourished and grew under the care of Mr. Dixon, its chief executive for 38 years.
CHAMPAIGN – For Thad Morrow, the morning commute is about 50 yards.
The 32-year-old chef and restaurant owner lives in an apartment above Radio Maria, the downtown Champaign restaurant.
BLOOMINGTON – Shaun Pruitt has seen all-star games. He knows the drill.
A little flash, a little dash and an extra-large dose of showmanship are the order of the day. At least that''s what the Illinois-bound forward thought.
CHAMPAIGN – Riverless Champaign may seem an unlikely home for the president of America's third-largest barge company.
But home it is to Royce Wilken, who heads up American River Transportation Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland.
Dick Quint was standing at a train station platform in Paris with his grandchildren while his daughter searched for the train to Bayeux, when the French woman noticed his plight – and his World War II veteran's cap.
In short order, the woman had collected three French policemen, who hauled the Quint family's luggage through the station to the right gate, walked the bags onto the correct train and deposited them on the luggage rack.
Illinois fans should be happy to learn that the Illini aren''t resting on their laurels this offseason.
SAVOY – Playing from the women''s tees can help some golfers and hinder others.
Meghan Naik took advantage of shooting from the shorter tees Saturday to record a 1-over-par 75 over the University of Illinois Orange Course to win the UI Wom-en''s Open by 8 strokes against Ainsley Wellinghoff and Wendy Evans.