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Website focuses on long-term care options

The baby boomer generation hit retirement age this year, with the first official boomer turning 65 on Jan. 1, 2011.

Another 10,000 are added each day, and with that milestone come new worries about long-term care for their parents, spouses or themselves.


Duckworth stresses women's service history

Even today, Tammy Duckworth says she gets questions about whether women belong in combat.

"Where do you think I was?" she responds. "In a bar fight?"

Duckworth lost both legs and partial use of one arm when the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down during a 2004 mission in Iraq.


Gearhead: Harold and Mark Pankau

With the help of son Mark, Harold Pankau of rural Tuscola was able to replace the 1957 Chevrolet that was an important part of his life.

Videographer/Producer: 
Darrell Hoemann

Retired police raise money for gravestone for first black officer in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Some retired Champaign police officers were surprised to learn that the city's first black police officer is buried in an unmarked grave at Mount Hope Cemetery.

So they're raising money to buy a gravestone.


Rights advocate closes campaign but continues fight for those with disabilities

URBANA — A statewide campaign founded in 2004 to promote "full inclusion" for people with disabilities is shutting down, but the co-founder says she will continue its ground-breaking work through other venues.


Unity Celebration 2011

The Unity Celebration at the Boneyard Creek 2nd Street Basin on Thursday, June 23, 2011. The celebration was to close out Champaign's Sesquicentennial Anniversary.


Liautauds pledge $1 million to new Champaign County Y

CHAMPAIGN — Jimmy John Liautaud and his wife Leslie have pledged $1 million toward construction of the new Champaign County YMCA and Larkin's Place at the Y.

That pledge from the founder of the Jimmy John's restaurant chain brings the total amount raised to more than $13.5 million.


Danville neighborhood plots a bright future

DANVILLE — You can easily walk, or bike, from your house or apartment to the grocery, restaurants, the coffee shop or a bank on well-maintained sidewalks or bike paths in a crime-free, historic neighborhood that's well-lit, nicely landscaped and void of vacant, deteriorating properties.


Events planned in Danville for anniversary of 9/11

DANVILLE — After Julia Megan Sullivan graduated from New York University in 2001, she took a job as a marketing director for the school's health center in Manhattan. On Sept. 11, she was at work when the planes hit the World Trade Center, only a 10-minute subway ride away.


Free events to include 'Celebrate America'

The Second Church of Christ and Sunset Funeral Homes are joining forces to offer a weekend of events to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The events are free and open to the public.

The church will hold "Celebrate America" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville.


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