Special Report

Special Report

UI employee survived dark days before blood-supply safety

CHAMPAIGN — Two things Jonathan Hill's classmates may have known about him in high school: He was a varsity swimmer and an Eagle Scout.

What hardly anyone knew about Hill back then was he was harboring secrets about his health that he and his family didn't dare share beyond a close, entrusted circle.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 17-24, 2019


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Cissna Park: Small town, big dreams

Throughout 2019, we’ll spotlight our area’s tiniest towns — and what makes them tick. Today: Cissna Park (population 846), home of the state’s No. 1-ranked basketball team

Cissna Park High School boys' basketball coach Kevin Long gathered his team into a classroom that's lined with four couches, which his sweaty players sank into after a morning practice over winter break.

Decades later, community still scarred by GM Foundry's closing

TILTON — Nearly a quarter-century later, the only sign that a bustling, 16-acre General Motors foundry was once here is a patch of old concrete.

Standing near a pile of twisted iron, GM retiree Jim Silvestro points to where the offices used to be located, in the front of the massive plant that, for a while, employed more people than Tilton, the town of 2,700 where it was based.

Camp Corral a fun time for children of those who served, sacrificed

MONTICELLO — When Josh Bushart's mom announced she had signed him up for a week of camp, the 11-year-old from Mattoon was excited — and a tad nervous.

Sure, he would have 4 days to swim, fish and explore the grounds of the 4-H Memorial Camp at Allerton Park, on the outskirts of Monticello.

He would get to try new things like climbing a 30-foot rock wall.

Camp Corral 2018

Children have fun at Camp Corral, a special summer camp program where the majority of attendees are the young sons and daughters of wounded warriors and members of Gold Star families.

'You don't forget something like that'

At the First Assembly of God Church in Danville, there's no visible sign of the powerful bomb that exploded during a morning worship service on Memorial Day weekend nearly two decades ago.

Updated: power restored near Danville

New 9:52 a.m. Monday:

Ameren Illinois said power has been restored to around 2,100 customers west of Danville.

Spokesperson Marcelyn Love said the outage was caused by an equipment malfunction at a substation.


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Entertainment listings, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2018


This weekend


What: An annual literary festival, featuring readings by three visiting authors, CM Burroughs, Rachael Hanel and Vu Tran, who will also lead craft talks on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; an editors' panel; a book fair and more.

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 27.

Where the money went: A town-by-town look at 2017 government spending

MONTICELLO splurged for $285,590 worth of log-crawl-thrus, merry-go-alls and other assorted playground equipment at Nick's Park (right).