Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Former Homeland Security deputy secretary to speak at UI

Former Adm. James M. Loy, senior counselor at Washington, D.C.- based The Cohen Group and former Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, will address the University of Illinois College of Law on Thursday.

Loy will present the annual Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the University of Illinois College of Law, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C.

Store plans fundraiser to support Kickapoo State Park

DANVILLE – Employees' interest in saving a local state park is behind a fundraiser set for Wednesday at a local department store.

Elder-Beerman will host Kickapoo Day from noon to 9 p.m. to benefit Kickapoo State Park, with "celebrities" on hand to help at the store in the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.

Military families get YMCA membership deal

CHAMPAIGN – To help with the stress of deployment, families of National Guard soldiers and reservists will get free memberships at the Champaign County YMCA.

The center is part of the new Armed Services YMCA and Department of Defense Outreach Initiative, which pays all the costs.

Despite Senate action, money for parks still uncertain

DANVILLE – Despite the state Legislature's move to restore funding to Kickapoo State Park and other parks on Tuesday, a local running club is keeping plans to host its January race in nearby Kennekuk Cove County Park.

"We can't risk will the park be open or not. So the impact of the actions of the last two months, even though the closing hasn't taken place, has already had great effect on us," said Kevin Stroud, a board member of the Kennekuk Road Runners.

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club plans bags tourney as new fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN – After becoming director of development for the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in May, Michael Byrd was asked to come up with a new fundraising event to replace the popular Champaign-Urbana Great Duck Race.

He was told to find something that would appeal to a cross-section of the community and people of all ages, something in which everyone could participate.

New exhibit, tenuous future for Lincoln historic site

BEMENT – An estimated 200 people turned out Friday afternoon to enjoy a picnic luncheon and attend the dedication of a new Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibit at the Bryant Cottage Historic Site.

Paxton Park Board has two vacant seats

PAXTON – The Paxton Park Board is seeking two park district residents who would be interested in filling vacated seats.

Board members Dave Parker and Liz Bowen resigned last month. Both were appointed to their seats after two other board members resigned last year.

Absentee voting begins Sept. 25

Election Day is still six weeks away, but the first ballots in Illinois will be cast next week when absentee voting begins.

Lawmakers trying to restore cuts, save state parks

DANVILLE – Legislators have responded to Gov. Rod Blagjevich's $1.4 billion in budget cuts with bills that could stop the closure of 13 historic sites and 11 state parks, a backup plan if the recently passed funds sweep bill doesn't get final approval.

Meanwhile, supporters of the state parks and historic sites plan to continue their efforts as well.

Outlook for Crystal Lake Pool dismal in new report

URBANA – The future of Crystal Lake Pool is in doubt following a consultant's report that indicated the 27-year-old municipal pool "is significantly out of compliance with current safety codes and standards" and "should be replaced without further delay."

Caius Jennison, an architectural manager with Farnsworth Group, a Peoria architectural and engineering firm, delivered the gloomy report during a two-hour Urbana park board study session Thursday.