Parks and Recreation
Until the Boneyard beautifiers get around to dumping some sand and creating a beach there, the closest place to bask in the sun and water is Middle Fork River Forest Preserve near Penfield.
Amanda Propeck of Rantoul loves it, and so do her dogs.
Local and state officials are touting the importance of Champaign County to the state's overall efforts to get more people to visit Illinois. Michael Kiser reports.
Tourism and the budget
Jobe said the state budget impasse is not negatively impacting tourism in Illinois.
As Kaitlyn Riopelle hires local bands to perform at Champaign County Forest Preserve sites, she targets groups she knows are good or have solid reputations. For the Music on the Lake Concert Series show from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Homer Lake, she tapped Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen, an Americana act. "I've heard really great things about her and look forward to having her," Riopelle said.
CHAMPAIGN — A downtown Champaign pub will continue to manage liquor sales for events at the Virginia Theatre for another year, pending approval tonight.
Farren's Pub and Eatery was the only business to respond to a request for proposals to sell beer at the park district-owned theater.
URBANA — The Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theatre will present the classic musical "The Pajama Game" today through Saturday at the Parkland Theater.
RURAL OAKWOOD — Nick Vinson and Jaclyn Marganski face each other to check their scuba equipment before they head into deeper water.
They're inspecting each other for the proper placement of air regulators, weight belts and buoyancy control, any one of which represents a serious safety issue.
URBANA — Cynthia Haymon-Coleman is sick and tired of being "beaten up" by all the bad news of late.
She addressed it head-on by co-founding with her husband, Barrington, Le Jardin Community Arts Festival.