Former Orange Krush president and UI grad Ryan Gant spent Monday night in Wrigley Field’s left field bleachers, which were open for the first time. Here’s his take:
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Until a few weeks ago, Champaign's KRISTA PETERSON figured she'd spend July 4th like she always does, hanging with friends and her kids, TAYLEN and KIERYN, "sweating through the parade and getting eaten by skeeters at the fireworks."
As a 19-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Band, Master Gunnery Sgt. John Mula has played his clarinet for three presidents.
Yet it was last week's appearance on David Letterman that had the '81 Monticello High and '86 University of Illinois grad shaking in his Dinkles.
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Weather got the best of last weekend's marathon. As it looks now, Memorial Stadium will be a much happier place for the UI's outdoor graduation in two weeks.
"At a meeting earlier this week, I was told the forecast was 85 and sunny, which sounds lovely," said Laura Wilhelm-Barr, the director of special events for the chancellor's office.
And if things change?
JOE DART watched Tuesday's practice sessions while seated on new bleachers, in between state-of-the-art dugouts, a stone's throw from an accessible playground and just below a sign installed in December proclaiming "Home of The Tom Jones Challenger League."
"It looks great," he said. "We've come a long way."
If Champaign's Chuck Young had his druthers, he'd simply drive his 11-ton tank to Kennekuk County Park for this weekend's World War II Rememberance Days.
"It'd be fun to get on the Interstate and just go," Young said. "But I might cause some traffic jams."