CHAMPAIGN — Continuity was the overriding theme Monday night as Champaign Park District board members selected longtime recreation director Joe DeLuce as the agency's next executive director.
He'll take over control of the park district beginning Jan. 1. Retiring director Bobbie Herakovich announced earlier this year that her last day would be Dec. 31 after 12 years in charge.
BEMENT — Tammy Altepeter of St. Louis held the hand of her 10-year-old son as they toured the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site recently.
"Cool!" Tommy said as the boy checked out a 19th-century table in the cottage's parlor. "Mom, do you think Abraham Lincoln sat at this table?"
OREGON (AP) — Volunteers working to restore a statue of a Native American overlooking the Rock River in northern Illinois say a damage assessment is expected next week and repairs could begin early next year.
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois officials are reminding drivers to be alert for deer on the roadways during what they say is the one of the most active periods of the year for wildlife.
The Illinois Department of Transportation released figures Tuesday showing a decline in fatal crashes involving deer. Such crashes caused four people's deaths last year, down from six deaths in 2011.
CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theater is getting a new projector.
And, yes, Virginia, that means a holiday classic will have to be delayed.
But when next you see Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, they'll be in sharper digital shadows on the screen.
The 24.5-mile Kickapoo Rail Trail from Urbana to Danville likely won't be a big economic bonanza for Champaign and Vermilion counties, but it will boost tourism, make bike riding and long-distance running safer and help promote healthier lifestyles.
That's the opinion of local tourism officials, and those who already have long-distance bike trails in their communities.
DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Conservation District is pulling together the funding pieces for its portion of a planned recreation trail on an abandoned railroad line between Kickapoo State Park and Urbana.
VILLA GROVE CITY COUNCIL
VILLA GROVE — The city council has agreed to research the feasibility of installing a dog park in Richman Sports Complex, in response to residents' requests.
Alderman Tony Hooker said he had been approached by residents about the possibility of providing a dog park at the southern edge of Richman Sports Complex. The area is currently unused.
PAXTON — It's hard to tell who is more excited about the city's dog park opening later this month: Jon and Angie Russell or their American foxhounds, Lily and Rascal.
"They're having a blast," Jon Russell said Monday, as his dogs gave the new fenced-in facility at Coady Park a test run.