CHAMPAIGN – Talk about comebacks.
Emergency medical workers revived a man whose heart apparently had stopped before the University of Illinois basketball game Thursday night.
URBANA – Construction will start sooner than planned on the Carle Foundation's new breast cancer research and treatment center, provided a state board approves the project next month.
Fundraising is still far from finished, but Carle officials say they now hope to break ground in April on the center – which has been named the Mills Breast Cancer Institute – at the southeast corner of University Avenue and Orchard Street in Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – There were so many little things that Jill Pessis treasured about having a mom around when she was a child.
The lunches she packed every morning, the dinners she cooked every night, the rides she provided for everywhere Pessis needed to go.
CHAMPAIGN – In the long-running Peanuts skit, Lucy dispenses advice for 5 cents from her lemonade stand with a sign reading, "The Doctor is in."
In this case, the advice and the lemonade are free, and there's no actual stand.
URBANA – After several years of flu vaccine shortages, this year there's an excess of vaccine available in Champaign County.
Carle Clinic, which has been the area's largest flu shot provider, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District both say they still have some available for both adults and kids as flu season approaches.
URBANA – In the space of three hours, you can:
– Bake a small turkey.
– Clean up the house before the company arrives.
– And, quite possibly, minimize the damage done by the most common kind of stroke – that is, if you get to the hospital fast enough.
URBANA – Do you take any medicines?
Are you eligible for Medicare?
When Eric Thorsland and his family moved to a farmstead northeast of Mahomet about nine years ago, they were surrounded by one open field after another.
How things have changed.
When Elaine and Michael Palencia of Champaign placed their son's name on a waiting list to live in a small group home for developmentally disabled adults, they knew it would take some time for a space to become available.
What they didn't know was how long the wait would be.
OGDEN – Five years ago, when the late Dennis Collins of Urbana realized that he was dying of cancer, he told his family that he wasn't afraid to die. His biggest regret, he told them, was that he wouldn't get to see his grandchildren grow up.
"He said he didn't want his grandkids to forget about him," said his daughter, Kim Nigg of Ogden. "He asked us to talk about him and not let them forget who he was. He wanted us to tell them he loved them, and tell them he was going to miss them."