A month out from the eighth Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, here's what we know:
— I'm happy to announce The News-Gazette will again publish a 20-page special section on Sunday, May 1, that will include the name of everyone who crosses the finish line in any of the many races. Weather, if you remember, cut short last year's race.
More than three years after the tragic death of her NFL son, Stacey Jackson continues to do good things in his name.
"What keeps me going," she said, "is knowing that one day I'm going to see my son again and it's going to be wonderful. I believe in a higher power."
Things you should know about Brandon Ngai, a UI sophomore who knows as much about polar orbit as he does the pommel horse (he was named to the Big Ten's winter Academic All-Conference team earlier this week):
With fantastic grades and a challenging major (aerospace engineering), the kid deserves a press conference with the new AD — one Josh Whitman might actually enjoy.
In researching last week's story that coincided with the 40-year anniversary of a tornado outbreak in Champaign County, photo editor John Dixon commented on the dearth of images from that day. For example, A-1 of the March 21, 1976, News-Gazette had one picture of the storm's impact.
Allie Brubaker endured a different kind of March Madness last week at Stone Creek Events Center in Urbana.
Just like a lot of basketball fans this time of year, she was a nervous wreck.
"There were a lot of emotions," the 25-year-old Monticello native said.
CHAMPAIGN — A sandwich shop that has been serving Campustown for more than a decade has closed its doors.
This year's "Eric Show" featured more artwork from more high schoolers than ever before. But something was missing on Opening Night.
"Not being there ... was sad," Peg Steffensen said. "Especially for such a horrible reason."
He could be spending spring break lounging on a Florida beach, like many of his stressed-out University of Illinois classmates.
Instead, Siping Meng will report to Allerton Park at 3 p.m. Sunday for five days of scrubbing statues, picking up brush and spreading mulch.
"My parents are proud of my decision," the UI freshman said. "They encourage me to try different things."