Eugene Hart loved to dance and he loved to dress up. His animated movements and his colorful clothing were attention-getting as he briskly walked on Champaign and Urbana streets.
Last week, the 56-year-old Champaign man was found dead under a staircase at an apartment building in the 200 block of East Clark Street in Champaign, frozen from being outdoors.
URBANA – The president of Flex-N-Gate Corp. says he and his wife have paid in full a disputed amount the Internal Revenue Service says they owe – and he hopes to get all the money back through litigation.
Shahid R. Khan also bristled at how a short story in Forbes magazine characterized the tax dispute, calling it an "absolute hatchet job" that misrepresented a lot of facts.
"There isn't a hint of a criminal issue here," Khan said, claiming the magazine portrayed him as both a philanthropist and a tax cheat.
URBANA – Spend some time talking to those who knew and loved Byron "By" Vedder and it's not hard to see what made him such a remarkable man..
Mr. Vedder, who died Wednesday from complications of pneumonia, lived by kindness, hard work and never-ending wit. His obituary appears on page A-4.
URBANA – Growing up in Peoria, Veronica Ball wanted to be a lawyer. But her life took her in another direction.
Ball, 47, is Urbana division manager at the U.S. District Court Clerk's office.
CHAMPAIGN – Christian Heinze always wanted to be a writer. As a kid he wrote short stories and even a family newspaper.
However, his father, then a business professor at Chico State University, discouraged his son from a career as an author and encouraged him to instead consider a lucrative and secure profession.
MAHOMET – Warts and all, Steve Shoemaker still believes Abraham Lincoln is head and shoulders above the political crowd.
The retired minister and former director of the University YMCA will play the president on his 200th birthday, Feb. 12, at a party at the Early American Museum in Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.
WASHINGTON – Illinois lawmakers say they're feeling hopeful about the prospect of building FutureGen in Mattoon after a meeting Wednesday morning with President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for energy secretary.
CHAMPAIGN – People with questions about home foreclosures can get them answered for free on Saturday, thanks to a "foreclosure helpline" sponsored by Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund.
Volunteer real estate attorneys will offer legal counsel to anyone calling 1-800-252-0402 from 9 a.m. to noon that day.
DANVILLE – It's been more than 33 years since Katherine Lee's 15-year-old son, David Grinestaff, was gunned down during a gas-station robbery.
Now the Danville woman once again is working to keep her son's murderer behind bars. It's the 18th time in 26 years.
CHAMPAIGN – Though he had reason, Mahomet's longest-running mayor, Charles J. Oliger, never complained.
His long battle with cancer took one of his ears and part of his face. On Friday, it took his life.