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Urbana, PBL leaders earn 'Superintendent of Distinction' honors

SPRINGFIELD — Two area superintendents were honored Monday by several state agencies for their leadership and dedication to their school districts.

Standout pair get top honors from C-U Special Recreation

CHAMPAIGN — This year's outstanding special recreation athletes in Champaign-Urbana share two traits: enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

On Monday night, Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation honored Sophia Tomaso and Patrick Tessene for their accomplishments both on and off the field at the organization's annual banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Siedel chosen for new VP position at UI

URBANA — Edward Seidel is University of Illinois President Tim Killeen's choice to fill the newly named position of vice president for economic development and innovation for the UI system.

A Life Remembered: Village chief 'had a spot in his heart' for Alvin

ALVIN — In a village the size of Alvin, everybody knows everybody.

But residents said in his two years as village president, Chuck Smock brought them closer together through his efforts to improve the community.

UI AD: Goal can't be to 'outspend Ohio State or Michigan'

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman on Monday delivered a presentation to the university's Senate Executive Committee in which he provided an overview of the athletic department as a whole. Whitman touched on a number of topics during his 45-minute address, including budgetary concerns — Illinois generated $91.6 million in revenue for fiscal year 2016 while spending $97.8 million.

Sensory-deprivation pod floats idea of pain relief via tranquility

CHAMPAIGN — Are you stressed? Feeling aches and pains? Or maybe you're just experiencing a bit of sensory overload from all the noise and gadgets in your world?

The way Dr. David Fletcher sees it, soothing tranquility can be found inside a sleek, water-and-Epsom-salt-filled tank. To feel better, just get in for an hour and float.

Urbana council revives Boneyard Creek Commission

URBANA — The Urbana City Council unanimously agreed Monday to start reconvening a Boneyard Creek Commission for oversight on the area's developments.

Area history, April 25, 2017

Today is Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, April 25, 2017

Congratulations to ...

... Lila Jean Eichelberger (4-H House), Loren Tate (Sigma Phi Epsilon), Steven Sample (Beta Theta Pi) and Ralph Vaughn (Omega Psi Phi), who make up the fourth class of the UI's Fraternity & Sorority Hall of Fame.

This day in history, April 25, 2017

Today is Tuesday, April 25, the 115th day of 2017. There are 250 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On April 25, 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.

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