Health and Fitness
They met at a campus bar called the Wigwam through a most unusual pickup line: How would you like to change the world in Jesus' name?
Sylvia Slivon was intrigued. The year was 1969. Anti-war protests were the norm, and political change was in the air.
The man who popped the question was graduate student John Ronsvalle, a thoughtful campus rabble-rouser who led the fight for student representation on the University of Illinois senate and board of trustees. He was also a Christian dedicated to fighting poverty locally and around the globe.
CHAMPAIGN – Anyone who's ever been sick knows why they call those areas outside the doctors' offices "waiting rooms."
Getting medical care often feels like one long series of waits – for the appointment, for the doctor, for the tests the doctors order, maybe all topped off by a nice long wait at the pharmacy counter.
Wake-up: 7 a.m. Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. And by 8 a.m., Joe Gonzalez is on the job at the Illinois Street Residence Halls, a smiling greeter and hauler of boxes and bags containing everything freshmen think they're going to need to survive their first year away at college.
"A lot of freshmen bring a lot of things," said Gonzalez, a sophomore aerospace engineering major who was among hundreds of orange-shirted I-Guides helping with the University of Illinois freshman move-in Saturday morning.
URBANA – The first big shock back in 2002 for Maureen and Doug Elsbernd of Ogden was finding out their toddler, Nathan, had leukemia.
The next surprise was finding out they could get the specialty medical care Nathan needed right in nearby Urbana.
URBANA – Whether the city should vacate portions of Coler and Busey avenues and Park Street to help make way for a major expansion of Carle Foundation Hospital will be up for debate by the city council on Monday night.
One alderman said he wants to make any city vacation of streets conditional upon Carle getting state approval to build the hospital addition – and a Carle official said Friday he could live with that.
CHAMPAIGN – Watching from her office window near the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District building, Mona Wright is alarmed by the perils to pedestrians she's witnessing.
Young moms push their babies in strollers, their toddlers following behind them, and even people in wheelchairs roll down the street to reach a new public health building, along an interstate frontage road that lacks both bus service and sidewalks.
CHAMPAIGN – Get your groceries. Get your flu symptoms checked out, too.
Christie Clinic planned to announce today that it will open Convenient Care clinics in County Market stores throughout Champaign-Urbana.
DANVILLE – Provena United Samaritans Medical Center is hosting a Mass of recognition Tuesday to commemorate its 125th anniversary.
Community members and local officials are invited to join staff at 11 a.m. in the main lobby of Provena, 812 N. Logan Ave.
CHAMPAIGN – When she heard three auto-parts factories in Rantoul were going to close this month, Frances Nelson Health Center Site Director Andrea Goldberg couldn't help but consider the medical impact.
Hundreds of jobs lost could mean hundreds more people losing their health insurance, she said. And at least some of those people might turn to Frances Nelson for their medical care.
CHAMPAIGN – For the first time in years, Christie Clinic is taking an active role in Champaign County economic development.
By contrast, crosstown health care provider Carle Foundation has been well-represented in economic development work for years.