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Men's winner 'let the wind' push him to victory

CHAMPAIGN — The wind was fierce at Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, and Ethiopan Teferi Bacha Regasa knew he couldn't fight it.

"Today, it was the wind," Regasa said. "I didn't want to push, just let the wind push me."

The many faces of all those races

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CHAMPAIGN — Saturday was a day for milestones and other firsts.

It was a day to mark off items from a bucket list.

It was a day for excitement and euphoria.

Tom Kacich: County's budget projections don't look good

They may be making progress on one financial headache — disposing of the money-losing Champaign County Nursing Home — but another one is coming up for Champaign County Board members.

The budget for the entire county government is in trouble.

Wired In: Ty Newell

Ty Newell talks about Build Equinox at his shop in Urbana on Friday, April 14, 2017.

This day in history, April 23, 2017

Today is Sunday, April 23, the 113th day of 2017. There are 252 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On April 23, 1789, President-elect George Washington and his wife, Martha, moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York.

On this date:

Top of the Morning, April 23, 2017

On June 19, 1945, Omer Benn received his pilot's wings at a ceremony in Pensacola, Fla.

At the same location 72 years later, the highly decorated Champaign veteran pinned those very same wings on his granddaughter's Coast Guard uniform.

How cool is that?

Area history, April 23, 2017

Today is Sunday, April 23, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Ebertfest 2017: Saturday, April 22

Day 4 of Ebertfest featuring "Just Another Version of You" a documentary about legendary TV Creator Norman Lear. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Virginia Theatre. 

Kid's Marathon

Christie Clinic holds it's Kid's Marathon, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. 

Marathon 'best we've ever had'

Update: The course was announced closed at 4:06 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — At 2:12 p.m. Saturday, seven hours after marathon runners got their start, Jan Seeley was hoarse.

“Here comes another finisher!” she yelled to volunteers.

“Nice job!” she directed at the runner.

Seeley, co-director of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, said “We’ve still got a couple more coming.”