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The Fit List

I’m officially tapering now, in preparation for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. If you’re also in taper mode but still want to race, there are all kinds of 5Ks in the area this weekend. Here’s the list:

Weekend of April 13-14:
Illinois Veterans Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Federal budget information

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama released his budget proposal on Wednesday, less than two weeks after the U.S. House passed a budget sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

April 9, 2013 election roundup

Here is information about the election on April 9, 2013. We'll update this as results come in from across the area.

Closing of Bloomington airport tower delayed

BLOOMINGTON — The air traffic control tower at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington will remain open longer than previously thought.

Officials at the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority received word Friday afternoon that the Federal Aviation Administration will delay the closure of the air traffic control tower in Bloomington until June 15.

The Fit List

This is the weekend for the new Allerton Trails Half Marathon and 10K. If you’re running one of those races, I’ll see you at the finish line, where I’m volunteering. And if you’re looking for a race in the upcoming weekends, here are a few suggestions:

Weekend of April 6-7:
Allerton Trails Half Marathon and 10K Race

A roundup of information about April 9 election

Here are links to information for the April 9, 2013 vote.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Joblessness, total jobs both up in February

Unemployment rates in February were higher than in January — and also higher than a year earlier — in most East Central Illinois counties.

Champaign County's rate was 9.2 percent, up from 9 percent in January and 8.4 percent in February 2012, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

Chuck Koplinski: Far more to 'Spring Breakers' than meets the eye

The first surprise of the 2013 film year, Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" is a bold look at today's younger generation, portraying it as a group that has no firm connection with reality, content to exist in a hedonistic lifestyle in which all of their needs are met without taking any responsibility for any of the fallout that may result.

Film capsules, March 28

From e3 magazine

Illinois Ancestors: Site pays tribute to Civil War at 150

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues to be acknowledged in Illinois at http://www.illinoiscivilwar150.org, where special events throughout the state are posted in addition to a most comprehensive list of links to Civil War data.