Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, April 27, 2014

About 19,000 years ago, Champaign County didn't look or feel anything like it did Saturday.

Sunny and 70? Far from it.

"This time of year, you probably would be wearing a heavy coat," said Bill Shilts, executive director of the Prairie Research Institute.

Top of the Morning, April 26, 2014

So you dreamed you won today's marathon. Doesn't matter that you're out of shape, own only work boots and think a bib is for babies.

"Congratulations! This dream is telling you that you most likely just accomplished a goal or fulfilled a desire that you didn't think you could achieve."

Updated: Ebert knew about plans for statue

CHAMPAIGN — During the unveiling of the sculpture depicting her late husband outside the Virginia Theatre, Chaz Ebert revealed a secret:

Before he died last year, Roger Ebert had heard about the sculpture project spearheaded by Champaign's Donna and Scott Anderson.

And he wasn't for it.

Top of the Morning, April 24, 2014

Irene Franzen didn't have much time to chat Wednesday morning about her Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon debut.

She had a hair appointment to get to in Rantoul.

"I go once a week," the 91-year-old said, "and I don't want to be late."

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Top of the Morning, April 23, 2014

Melissa Merli can relate to all those runners coming to town later this week.

Covering Eberfest, our arts and entertainment writer said, "is like running a marathon. Only sitting in a tight seat."

Top of the Morning, April 22, 2014

Take two: Following up on our stories

— The Roger Ebert statue is scheduled to arrive outside Champaign's Virginia Theatre today. But it won't be unwrapped until noon Thursday when Ebertfest is underway.

"We'll watch over it to make sure people aren't peeking," statue campaign chairman Scott Anderson Jr. said.

Top of the Morning, April 20, 2014

Next Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon gets all the headlines. But there's another long-distance run this week deserving of attention.

Top of the Morning, April 19, 2014

He can't sing a lick and is a diehard Cardinals fan.

So what was UI president Bob Easter thinking when he agreed to belt "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" — the seventh-inning anthem of the Cubs — during a high school baseball game today in Champaign?

Top of the Morning, April 17, 2014

They go by a catchy name, play a mean violin and like to celebrate with popsicles and a game of "Capture the Flag."

Introducing the Bow-Dacious String Band, a group of area kids who will knock your socks off if you catch them in concert. Your next chance is 6 p.m. Friday when they open Allerton's annual concert series at the Barn Dance.

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