Go figure, Oct. 12, 2018

Go figure, Oct. 12, 2018

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Area towns in the running for the bet-you-didn't-know-this-was-a-thing national Water Tower of the Year award.

Gibson City (right) and Rantoul are both among the towns in line to succeed 2017 national champ Destin, Fla. (or at least match Paxton, one of 12 finalists a year ago) in the competition put on by Tnemec, a Kansas City, Mo.-based company that manufactures coatings for water towers.

The tank that generates the most online votes at tankoftheyear.com through a week from today wins Tnemec's 13th annual People's Choice award.

Last year, Gibson City repainted its tank red and black, with a logo of the high school's mascot. Two months later, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Falcons brought home the school's first IHSA state football title.

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UI alums who'll share the homecoming weekend spotlight with parade grand marshal SCOTT ALTMAN:

This year's Illini Comeback Guests: CHRISTINA BRODBECK (Class of 2001) and NICK CIFFONE ('10).

She was among the former Illini who helped get YouTube off the ground, as its first user-interface designer. The former history major went on to be a founding partner of the San Francisco-based venture-capital firm Rivet Ventures, which invests in companies in women-led markets where female usage, decision-making and purchasing are crucial to company growth.

He's the Emmy-winning Los Angeles creative designer who came up with some of sports' most memorable ad campaigns in recent years — from Nissan's Heisman House to Gatorade's farewell to DEREK JETER.

(That made him a natural to ask what he'd pick for an Illini mascot, which we did during the most recent round of debate. Ciffone's choice? The Fighting Abes. "Just imagine a 6-foot-plus bearded gentlemen with a bowtie, rippling muscles and a silver ax standing silently at the 50-yard line with a look of disgrace at the prancing stuffed animal across the field," he said.).

The co-recipients of the LOU LIAY Spirit Award: '60s grads BOB GILES, a San Diego entrepreneur, and wife PAT MEYERS GILES, a 33-year elementary and middle school teacher.

Both have served as president of the Illini Club of San Diego County.