Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Entertainment listings, Jan. 8-15, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Monticello trail expansion opens

MONTICELLO — The second phase of the Sangamon River Trail is open for walkers, joggers and bikers, and it didn't take long for enthusiasts to hit the trail.

Since you asked: Is Dodds Park out of the picture?

TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: What would it take to make Dodds Park the future home of Central High School?

Unit 4 school board members have made it clear: There will be no reconsideration of the Interstate Drive location for the new Central ... unless a certain 100-plus-acre park in northwest Champaign becomes an option, that is.

Taylor family signs park bearing its name over to Mahomet

MAHOMET — In what Mahomet Parks and Recreation Director Dan Waldinger called a "pretty monumental moment in Parks and Rec history," Mahomet's Taylor family signed the park bearing its name over to the village.

Taylor Field, located along Hickory Street behind the railroad tracks, has been the site for many decades' worth of baseball and softball games.

Filling out your 2015 calendar


12 — After six years in office, Gov. Pat Quinn will turn over the Governor's Mansion (and a bunch of financial problems) to Republican Bruce Rauner. On the opposite side of the aisle, Democrat Carol Ammons will be sworn in as the first African-American state representative from Champaign County. (They might disagree on a few issues.)

Entertainment listings, Jan. 1-7, 2015




Go figure, Jan. 1, 2015


Men convicted of crimes in Champaign County who were treated to New Year's Eve pardons by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn.

But the granting of clemency to Russell Dearing (possession of controlled substance, charged in 2004), Donald Tyree (burglary, 1985) and Richard Cotner (burglary, 1982) was just a sidebar to Wednesday's bigger headline.

The Future Five, Dec. 29, 2014


Weekend planner, Dec. 27, 2014

If you feel like moving around — and who doesn't after holiday indulgences? — or like getting a jump start on your New Year's resolutions, head to the University of Illinois Ice Arena. With students and faculty gone, it's easier to find a parking place on campus over winter break. And the Ice Arena is open over the intersession, including Sundays.

Flat-top tree in Sidney has yuletide backstory

SIDNEY — A flat-top pine tree on the west edge of Sidney has a unique history of which many people may not be aware.

The tree, which is located near the village's welcome sign and across the highway from Casey's General Store, is probably around 125 years old, according to 80-year-old Champaign resident Stan Rankin.