More impressive than his streak of appearing in 35 Fourth of July parades is the fact that Lon Pitcher hasn't been kicked out once.
"So far," the retired Champaign firefighter said, chuckling.
The theme for the 2017 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (the UI's sesquicentennial) was announced Thursday. I asked the man behind the idea — 1994 UI grad Justin Sather — what he was thinking.
One of the area's longest-running Fourth of July neighborhood parades is also one of the shortest.
The last class to graduate from old Champaign High — now Edison Middle School — is holding its 60th reunion July 8-9. Here's the scoop on the '56 Maroons from Jackie Swan, who is helping coordinate the event:
The one story that is sure to be told ...
Helen Aardsma's phone alerted her to dangerous weather late last Wednesday night. That same phone captured the photo above a few minutes later outside her house in Loda.
"The sky was pitch black and whenever there was a lightning strike, I snapped the picture," she said.
In Year 1 of Fisher's fair, there wasn't a tractor pull or demo derby or even a country music act.
Attached to the trunk of a maple tree outside a house on West Union Street in Champaign is a gumball machine, offering complimentary dog treats for four-legged passersby.
Go ahead, take one.
"It's fun to watch all the people come by, especially kids," home owner Dave Roesch said.
When you flip on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5-FM during this year's Fourth of July fireworks show outside Memorial Stadium, make a toast to Champaign's Scott Wyatt.
He was going to cook out with his two sons in Urbana. That alone had Wayne Mammen excited about Sunday afternoon.
"It'd been eons," Wayne said, "since we got together on Father's Day."