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High-rise residents happy to be settling into apartments

CHAMPAIGN – The pool and fitness center aren't quite finished, the entrance is a construction zone and the lone elevator is finicky – not so fun when you live on the ninth floor or above.

All in all, though, University of Illinois junior Molly Boyd is happy with her new loft-style high-rise at 309 E. Green St.


Plan calls for $4.8 million in work on and near St. Mary's Road

CHAMPAIGN – A corridor study is calling for $4.8 million worth of improvements to St. Mary's Road and adjoining roads over the next 25 years, including projects to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

The study, conducted by the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission over the past nine months, was requested by the University of Illinois to help the university plan for growth in the south campus, where the University of Illinois Research Park is growing rapidly, said Eric Halvorsen, a transportation planner with the commission.


Spotlight is on books in first Youth Literature Festival

CHAMPAIGN – For Mary Kalantzis and Violet Harris, planning the first-ever Youth Literature Festival for East Central Illinois has required a lot of labor. But it's work that Harris calls a "glorious burden" because it celebrates books.

The dean and associate dean, respectively, of the University of Illinois College of Education, have ambitious goals for the festival, happening Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They hope it will eventually rival Roger Ebert's Film Festival in popularity and the ability to attract people, including from out of town, and make reading central to families' lives.


Youth Literature Festival celebrates reading with authors, books

CHAMPAIGN – For Mary Kalantzis and Violet Harris, planning the first-ever Youth Literature Festival for East Central Illinois has required a lot of labor. But it's work that Harris calls a "glorious burden" because it celebrates books.

The dean and associate dean, respectively, of the University of Illinois College of Education, have ambitious goals for the festival, happening Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They hope it will eventually rival Roger Ebert's Film Festival in popularity and the ability to attract people, including from out of town, and make reading central to families' lives.


BoingBoing.net editors to speak on UI through Wednesday

URBANA – BoingBoing.net editors and technology writers Mark Frauenfelder and David Pescovitz will be guests-in-residence at Unit One/Allen Hall today through Wednesday. They will speak each night. All events are open to the public and take place in the South Rec Room of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory St., U. Here is the schedule.


Friends of late Po' Boys owner to host 'Arnie Tailgate'

CHAMPAIGN – Old times at Po' Boys are not forgotten. To prove the point, some of the late proprietor's friends are resurrecting the barbecue house for homecoming weekend at the University of Illinois.

"A group of us who were regulars thought it might be a nice idea to have something in Arnie Yarber's honor to coincide with UI homecoming," said Dan Hamelberg, a Champaign real estate investor who was a close friend of Mr. Yarber.


Forum on economy set for Wednesday on UI campus

URBANA – The University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs will sponsor a forum on the economy Wednesday morning on the UI campus.

The forum will bring together nationally known experts on the economy, tax policy and the financial markets to analyze the situation facing the financial system, the proposals before Congress and prospects for the future.


Hidden history uncovered in dig on South Farms site

CHAMPAIGN – Just before the Civil War, Simon and Catherine Percival spent a decade scratching a farm out of treeless prairie south of Champaign.

For decades, their homestead lay under a horse pasture in the University of Illinois South Farms. What's left of it, mostly a cellar, was being dug up and cataloged Thursday by a trio of UI archaeologists.


Don't blink or you'll miss amazing architecture on state roads

"Turn around!" my wife squeals. "There's a plane crash back there!"

She's not kidding. But Richard Pollard is.

Pollard, owner of Pollard Motor Sales on Illinois 37, just north of Salem in south central Illinois, does indeed have an airplane planted nose-first in his backyard. It's first-rate yard art. Besides the plane, which is set in concrete, he has a "bumper crop" – an assortment of more than 300 chrome car bumpers growing out of the ground. And there's the "pot rod," a riding lawn mower equipped with a toilet, a giant ladybug (a Volkswagen Beetle with six metal legs sprouting from it) and more.

I love this guy. And I love this kind of stuff: Roadside architecture.


Award-winning writer, teacher Jauss to speak Thursday at UI

CHAMPAIGN – Author David Jauss will begin the 2008-09 Robert J. and Katherin Carr Visiting Authors Series at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Author's Corner on the second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., C.

The talk is free and open to all, and sponsored by Creative Writing Program in the University of Illinois Department of English.


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