You won't find James McPherson's name on a biography of Abraham Lincoln per se, but when the University of Illinois History Department was thinking of speakers to kick off a bicentennial celebration of the 16th president's birth, McPherson was at the top of the list.
The Civil War scholar and author – UI history Professor Bruce Levine calls him "the most sophisticated interpreter of Lincoln's presidency around" – will give the Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture, the first of a series of events spreading into next year, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U.
DANVILLE – Two summers ago, Karen Marana and her family began frequenting the community pool in Covington, Ind.
"It's smaller, but the prices are a bit better," Marana said, comparing the spot to the swimming pools at Turtle Run Golf Club and Garfield Park.
URBANA – Crystal Lake Pool fans will have to get used to shorter hours and a season that lasts three weeks less than during 2007.
Those are among the budget cuts that the Urbana Park District board tentatively signed off on during a study session Thursday afternoon.
Even with more than half a million dollars in incentives over 20 years lined up for the developers who had planned to build a Dollar General store in Ogden, the project has been put "on indefinite hold due to the economics of the deal," according to a recent letter to the mayor from a representative of one of the real estate firms involved.
Bob Elkan of the Westmore Realty Group in St. Louis sent the e-mail message last Friday to Mayor Jack Reidner. Earlier in the week, Reidner said, he had been given the impression that the deal was still on and simply awaiting approval from the lawyers on some language in the contracts.
RANTOUL – Chanute Air Museum President Jim Eldridge says he is excited about a new exhibit about the dream of flight, scheduled to open on April 5.
He just hopes the museum has enough money to pay its bills until that date.
MATTOON – The Illinois House appears to be united in its support for keeping FutureGen in Mattoon.
Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, last week introduced a resolution asking Congress to reverse the Department of Energy's decision to pull the plug on FutureGen.
CHAMPAIGN – Kids can live on a whole new level of stress and fear when Mom or Dad has cancer.
And when a parent is that sick, the children sometimes just don't get the support they need to handle all those complicated emotions.
DANVILLE – The Boys and Girls Club on Saturday was filled with baseball players and their fans – and the gym floor was their diamond.
The one-day spring training for this year's AMBUCS Challenger Baseball League was a first for the league since it began locally in 2004. And the seasoned batters and catchers – about 20 of the 90 who played last year – were as ready as the big leaguers reporting this month in Florida and Arizona, maybe more.
CHAMPAIGN – A joint program of the city, the school district and the park district will give students living in the Garden Hills neighborhood recreational and educational activities, beginning this summer.
The one-year pilot program, which the school district is calling "Operation Hope," aims to promote positive behavior and expose students to career possibilities. It will include homework help and tutoring; recreational activities; and, for high school students, career exploration, job opportunities and community service.
GEORGETOWN – City officials voted Thursday in favor of a $75,550 renovation of the playground area in the city park, and hope to have most of the work done by the time school lets out this summer.
Georgetown City Council members voted to have Recreation Concepts, Inc. of Oswego provide and install two large play centers for children in the city park for about $75,550. City workers will move or remove most of the existing playground equipment in the park, pour a new sidewalk around the new playground area and install four benches in the area.