Champaign businessman charged with fraud in Florida

CHAMPAIGN — In 1993, the city of Champaign gave a $350,000 loan to businessman Jack Hayes so he could buy and repair the parking garage at Church and Randolph streets.

"You can nail my carcass to the side of that deck if this doesn't work," Hayes told the city at the time.

Bob Swisher: Man's Lincoln medallion is unique

For the lack of a better name, I will just refer to it as a Lincoln medallion.

It weighs 3 pounds and is about 8 inches in diameter. Made of cast iron, it is kind of rough, not real smooth, and at the bottom center, it says "U of I" in not very good lettering. The back has some marks, which I think are probably accidental because they have no probable meaning that I can see.

Area history, Feb. 18, 2017

Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2017

EARL FINDER was recognized at Friday's 75th anniversary celebration of the Illini Union for his many years of service.

But Finder's ties to the UI landmark — finished in 1941 at a cost of $1.425 million — started well before he punched the clock first as a student employee (1944) and later as director (1960-76).

#TheMJs, Feb. 17, 2017

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Area history, Feb. 17, 2017

Today is Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 17, 2017

SCOTT BEATTY loves baseball. This weekend, Illini Sports Network listeners will find out how much.

The WDWS personality is calling the Illinois baseball games in Beaumont, Texas. The first broadcast is Illinois against Milwaukee at 2 p.m. today. The Illini play Milwaukee and Lamar on Saturday with a single game Sunday against the host Cardinals.

Athena Young Professional Award winner 'loves to brag' about county

CHAMPAIGN — Athena Young Professional Award recipient Carly McCrory "loves to brag" about Champaign County, and as a cancer survivor is heavily involved in volunteering.

McCrory, 28, will be presented the award today at the Champaign Country Club.

Dog's surprise run has Urbana co-owners beaming with pride

NEW YORK — Rumor had it all Tuesday, making German shepherds everywhere proud with a rare Best in Show for the breed at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

For co-owners Patti and Van Dukeman of Urbana, the win was Cubs-like, since Rumor is only the second German shepherd to take the top spot since the show began in 1877.

'The best things in my life have come out of being curious'

URBANA — Of all the life lessons Deb Reardanz has picked up from the older adults of Clark-Lindsey Village, she'll tell you the one that stands out the most is how important relationships are.

People who have formed connections with other people and are still willing to make a new friend at 90 are the happiest, she said.