Saturday's News-Gazette: Steroid tragedy, research park development, football

In Saturday's newspaper, the tragedy of a contaminated steroid drug touches a Champaign woman, we update plans for development at First and Windsor, and there's lots going on in sports.

You've probably been following developments in the story about a contaminated steroid drug that set off a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak. The death toll has risen to 14, and it claimed the life of the stepdaughter of a Champaign woman. Debra Pressey talk to the woman whose stepdaughter,  a Tennessee resident, died Oct. 3.

Plans for a retail-residential project at First Street and Windsor Road at the southern entrance to the University of Illinois Research Park have been on the books for several years but stalled in 2008 along with the economy. Conditions have improved recently, and Julie Wurth reports that the residential part of the development may proceed, but the retail component faces a tougher financial hurdle.

Tom Kacich reports that voting in Champaign County should take less time this fall, and election record-keeping should be more accurate, thanks to a $150,000 federal grant and new equipment purchased by the county.

In At Home, Extension educator Sandra Mason writes in this week's Homeowners column that you should add winter squash to your menu, and antiques and collectibles columnist Bob Swisher visits Sugar Shack Antiques in Oakwood.

Our staff will preview the Illinois-Michigan football game — Paul Klee, Marcus Jackson and Loren Tate are in Ann Arbor for game coverage. And of course we'll have reports from Friday night prep games.

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