Anthony Zilis

Anthony Zilis

State track meet has some graduating seniors choosing running over walking

When he saw the date and time for Mahomet-Seymour's graduation this year, senior Mathias Powell had to break the news to his parents that he wouldn't be going.

For two weeks, 24 UI students get to be insiders at variety of major venues

On Monday, 24 University of Illinois students will meet in the parking lot of Huff Hall and board a bus.

Two weeks and 2,432 miles later, they'll have seen the inner workings of professional sports teams, athletic venues, parks like Niagara Falls and Saratoga Springs, and all kinds of venues across the spectrum of recreation, sports and tourism.

Almost 50 years after putting off college, retiree to get Parkland degree

It was late Christmas night in 2015, after all of the holiday festivities had ended, when Chad Taylor asked his father, Bill, a deep question.

"'Dad, how do you assess your life?'" Bill remembers his son asking.

Going deaf has influenced her art

Most of the time, Liza Sylvestre knows she takes on the appearance of an able-bodied person.

Her cochlear implants and ability to read lips allow her to hold one-on-one conversations almost flawlessly. In those situations, it's easy for others to forget that she's deaf.

Krannert's 2019-20 lineup hits notes from across the performing-arts world

To director Mike Ross, the aspect that makes Krannert Center's 2019-20 season special goes beyond the splashy names.

Forced into change, older set still finds a way to play softball the way they love

The concern from the players of the Champaign Park District's Senior Softball League was immediate in late March, when the park district sent out a letter saying that rules across its three leagues would be standardized.

Rain-soaked fields force Illinois FC Spring Invite to reshuffle games

The leaders of Illinois Futbol Club have spent months planning this weekend's 195-team IFC Spring Invite, and a few weeks ago, they finally produced a schedule.

This week, they had to completely remake that schedule.

Champaign Central brothers hold all the cards at Illinois FC Spring Invite

This weekend, 2,500 soccer players and their coaches and families will descend on Champaign-Urbana for the 195-team Illinois FC Spring Invite.

Those teams will take part in hundreds of games, meaning around 100 referees were needed at a time when officials are at a premium.

2019 Ellnora Guitar Festival bringing big names, barrier-breaking artists

URBANA — As the crowd cheered him on at the biennial Ellnora Guitar Festival six years ago, eight-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy smiled.

"I like this," he said of the festival. "That's why I don't know why you didn't call me before now."

Former UI star distance runner has 'special connection' with marathon

Craig Virgin ran 100 miles a week around Champaign and Urbana when he was a star distance runner at the University of Illinois, so he knows a bit about what marathoners will be going through Saturday when they traverse both towns during the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

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