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CHAMPAIGN – Jacqueline Frazier Jones has probably never sat and watched a football game in her life.
And she's seen a lot of football games.
CHAMPAIGN – The week Austin Kaplan started law school at the University of Illinois, a hurricane was ravaging the Gulf Coast.
The devastation done by Katrina in August 2005, it turns out, would provide learning opportunities for him and fellow law school students that they could not have received in a lecture hall in Champaign.
NEW YORK CITY – For as long as she can remember, Brittni Johnson has watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV.
This year, the Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School senior and four fellow students – all cheerleaders – will march in it.
DANVILLE – Pete and Jenny Ferrill say they have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Two Thanksgivings ago, the Ferrills weren't sure their dream of starting a family would come true.
PAXTON – Two sisters who have written three books about Paxton and their experiences growing up here plan to write a fourth that will immortalize the Paxton Majestic Theatre, recently destroyed by fire.
Donna and Pat DeMuth, who wrote their first book in 2004 called "In a Little Town Called Paxton," later moved back here and have become involved once again in small-town life.
URBANA – For 25 years, Bill Cain has trusted Dr. Reynaldo Tirona with his very life.
And with good reason.
CHAMPAIGN – What does it take to raise a J Leman, the star University of Illinois middle linebacker and long-haired free spirit?
For Happy and Dianne Leman – J's parents – it meant using both a firm hand and having the judgment to make sure they weren't squelching J's personality. It also was a family effort, as J is but one of seven members of the Leman clan, a family that is remarkable in its devotion to sports, each other and their faith.
PAXTON – A group of local, metropolitan and television reporters waited Friday outside a home in Paxton, hoping to speak with the second wife of Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson, who has been described as a suspect in the recent disappearance of his fourth wife and whose third wife died mysteriously in 2004.
However, Vicki Connolly never appeared at her daughter's home in the 400 block of East Larson Street.
In twos and threes they maneuvered among the portraits, hushed, nearly silent.
One woman stood alone. She looked up through red-rimmed eyes.
A mother looking at the image of her son, a child she would never hug again.
CHAMPAIGN – Sandra Jones, board chair for the Urban League of Champaign County, will serve as interim chief executive officer until a successor is found for Tracy Parsons, who resigned last week.
Board members met Monday afternoon and unanimously agreed to appoint Jones, who was to announce the news to staff members this morning. A national search for a new CEO will begin shortly, coordinated with the national Urban League office. It will be led by a search committee made up of board members, with input from staff and the community. With the holidays approaching, that process is expected to take several months.