PAXTON — Angie Russell and her husband, Jon, work in Urbana, so they regularly take their two dogs to exercise at the dog park there, about 27 miles from their home in Paxton.
But if it was up to the Russells, their twice-a-week trips to Urbana with their 2-year-old American fox hound mixes, Rascal and Lily, would be replaced by daily trips to a dog park in Paxton.
CHAMPAIGN — Most folks don't want bears in their tents. Not Debbie and Brian Stumph.
The Stumphs, who operate Herriott's Rents Tents Events in Champaign, are more than happy to supply 75 tents for the Chicago Bears training camp in Bourbonnais.
It's the 11th year that Herriott's has furnished tents for the camp, which takes place on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University.
CLINTON — Some people live long lives, but don't leave much behind to remember them.
With 2-year-old Mabel Larson, it stands to be the other way around.
The youngest child of Ramee and Daniel Larson of Clinton, Mabel has a heart-grabbing smile and a heart-breaking genetic disorder.
URBANA — As freshmen arrive on campus this week, the usual welcome party of upperclassmen and staff will meet them to help carry luggage and guide students to their new dorm rooms.
CHAMPAIGN — Eight months ago, Vern Chounard walked into the first home he could call his own after a longtime life on the streets, but he died a homeless man Monday night.
But he didn't need a home to touch a lot of hearts.
CHAMPAIGN — It's a grim picture of the future, where those with disabilities are locked away from society and punished for showing any emotion.
But "Broken," written by Champaign 14-year-old Hollee Trent, is also one of hope and resilience for those who face disabilities. The story follows several characters as they realize they're not broken, as they've always been told.
CHAMPAIGN — Local health officials are stepping up their warning to protect against mosquito bites, after several more mosquito samples in Champaign-Urbana have tested positive for West Nile virus.
CHICAGO — Jane A. Hays, the managing director of the Downey Group Inc., an independent insurance advisory firm with offices in Chicago and Champaign, was recently appointed to the Illinois Humanities Council board of directors. The appointment to the three-year term becomes effective today.
Somewhere in South Africa, a baby could be thriving today because of life-saving breast milk donated by a mom in Savoy.
CHAMPAIGN — Jill Knappenberger recently received what many of us would consider an unusual request.
Her niece asked, on behalf of her son, for the Nazi flag his great aunt had brought back from World War II, where she was an American Red Cross Clubmobile driver.
"I'm sorry, but it's already spoken for," Knappenberger told her. "I had only one, and a lot of people wanted it."