Parks and Recreation
URBANA -- City officials hope a new indoor soccer facility will fill a market need in the area by bringing players to Urbana not sending them away.
The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon still needs a few dozen course volunteers, but most of those jobs are now covered.
As of Friday afternoon, the race still needed 11 people to work at specific intersections along the course, and 25 more volunteers to be placed into course jobs as necessary on race day, said Mary Anderson, the volunteer coordinator for the race.
CHAMPAIGN -- For two days this week, the deputy director of the Illinois Office of Tourism gets to be a tourist.
On Thursday, Jan Kostner experienced the sights and sounds of Urbana, including Prairie Fruits Farm, the University of Illinois Pollinatarium, the Spurlock Museum and Krannert Art Museum.
URBANA -- There aren't many communities that would support an 11-cent property tax increase to pay for a swimming pool, particularly during a recession and only a few months after state legislators OK'd a 67 percent increase in the Illinois income tax.
And there are a lot fewer that would support it to the tune of 62 percent of the vote.
URBANA -- Park district voters have approved an 11-cent increase in their property tax rate to pay for a $7.725 million outdoor aquatic center at Crystal Lake Park.
And the park board next Tuesday night will begin developing the formal design of the pool, park board President Michael Walker said.
The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon needs 250 more course volunteers for this year’s race.
The races cannot happen without enough volunteers on the course, said Jan Seeley and Mike Lindemann, co-directors of the marathon.
On the ballot April 5
The wording of the tax increase ballot question for the Urbana Park District makes no mention of the actual purpose of the tax increase to build an outdoor aquatic center at Crystal Lake Park.
Here is the ballot question that Urbana voters will face on April 5:
URBANA -- Voters in the Urbana Park District go to the polls next month to decide an issue they already decided once -- increasing the park tax rate to about 95 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to help pay for a pool at Crystal Lake Park.
Voters rejected a similar tax rate increase in February 2008 by just 62 votes.
CHAMPAIGN – Sunday afternoon's Virginia Theatre open house brought back pleasant memories for Mary Wood of Champaign, whose son, Steve Wood, worked there as a manager in the 1970s.
URBANA – Rick Manner, the assistant general manager of the Fox River Water Reclamation District in Elgin, has been hired as executive director of the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District.
Manner will replace Mike Little, who is retiring on May 27 after 13 years at the sanitary district, including the last seven as its director.