Champaign County YMCA

Champaign County YMCA

Talkin' houses - and how we live in them

When I tell people what I love about my job, I usually talk about the intellectual stimulation, the chance to meet interesting people, the importance of a free press, the lack of monotony, the crazy flexible hours, the huge pay and benefits ... oh wait.

Truth? I get paid to be nosy. Being a journalist (and blogger) gives you a unique entree into people's lives.

Southwest MTD may call it quits

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District board may be ready to disband the 6-year-old transit district that was formed to block expansion by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

Request for bus service reignites conflict between districts

CHAMPAIGN — After a brief lull following a court ruling that favored neither side, Champaign-Urbana's transit war is heating up again.

This time it's over a request from the new Champaign County YMCA and the Windsor West Apartments complex, both in southwest Champaign, for more bus service.

Apartments, YMCA seek service from dueling transit districts

CHAMPAIGN — A pair of large southwest Champaign facilities are hoping that two dueling transit districts can set aside their differences to provide them with bus service.

Champaign County YMCA to get share of $250,000 anti-obesity grant

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County YMCA will share in more than $250,000 in anti-obesity grants being awarded by the American Cancer Society's Illinois Division.

YMCA sneak peek

Donors and the community got to see the new Champaign County Family YMCA for the first time during a sneak peek event on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.

Some parents upset over YMCA ending competitive gymnastics

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County YMCA has been more for the Pitts family than a gymnastic team.

It's also been the family's fitness center for swimming and exercise, Kevin Pitts of Champaign says.

Champaign County YMCA gets another big donation

The Champaign County YMCA is now $3 million short of its goal of raising money for a new facility after another large gift was donated to the project.

President and CEO of the YMCA Mark Johnson said the organization has received an anonymous gift of $500,000 toward the new YMCA and Larkin's Place at the YMCA.

Champaign County YMCA gets big contribution from private donors

     The Champaign County YMCA has received another boost toward its goal of raising money for its new facility.

     The Y's CEO Mark Johnson says private donors have stepped forward and said they will match every dollar the public donates to the project up to $2 million.

Liautauds pledge $1 million to new Champaign County Y

CHAMPAIGN — Jimmy John Liautaud and his wife Leslie have pledged $1 million toward construction of the new Champaign County YMCA and Larkin's Place at the Y.

That pledge from the founder of the Jimmy John's restaurant chain brings the total amount raised to more than $13.5 million.