Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

State to offer funds to spark Lake Shelbyville resort bids

FINDLAY (AP) — The state of Illinois will provide money to try to spark interest in a resort along Lake Shelbyville that closed nearly a decade ago because of environmental and financial problems.

Inaugural pageant much different for first Champaign County Fair Queen

RURAL CHAMPAIGN — The first Champaign County Fair Queen, and that cape she wore, are still looking sharp after 60 years.

Lois Wood is out in front of a cornfield at the family cattle farm on a rural road that feels like a drag strip.

"Does this make me look like the Flying Nun?" she asks before she and husband Don dare crossing the speedway.

Urbana working with Carle on proposed Kickapoo Rail Trail expansion

URBANA — Amid ongoing litigation between the city and Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin thinks the two entities should still collaborate, and a plan to expand the Kickapoo Rail Trail will allow them to do just that.

Renovated Governor's Mansion reopening Saturday

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner are officially reopening the Illinois Governor's Mansion after a more than two-year renovation.

A grand reopening is scheduled for Saturday at the historic Springfield residence. It will include a morning ceremony and public tours of the mansion.

Weekend Top 10, July 13, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Get your Mojo in C-U

Mojo, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, will take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the Champaign Park District's Street Fest in downtown Champaign.

State sweetening bid request for redevelopment of Eagle Creek Resort

SPRINGFIELD — The state says it's willing to chip in up to $500,000 toward the redevelopment of the shuttered Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center on Lake Shelbyville.

State pledging $500,000 to Eagle Creek resort redevelopment

The state is willing to chip in up to $500,000 toward the redevelopment of the shuttered Eagle Creek resort on Lake Shelbyville.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources this month released its second request for proposals.  Bids will be opened on Aug. 16.

Balloons Over Vermilion festival ready to fly high again

Balloons Over Vermilion runs Friday and Saturday at the Vermilion Regional Airport, with the Splash 'n' Dash competition over Lake Vermilion kicking off the festival at 6 p.m. today at the Danville Boat Club. Here's a numerical look at the third annual event, courtesy NOELLE McGEE:

Entertainment listings, July 12-19, 2018


This weekend


Twilight tractor drive added to Historic Farm Days in Penfield

PENFIELD — A twilight tractor drive in the rural areas north of Penfield is a new attraction at this year's Historic Farm Days, which opens Thursday and runs through Sunday in Penfield.

The tractor drive will depart the grounds of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club at 6 p.m. and return prior to nightfall.