Among the lives lost: two men in their 80s and two men in their 90s in Champaign County; a woman in her 90s and man in his 70s in Vermilion County. For the pandemic, Champaign County has reported 52 coronavirus-related deaths, Vermilion 36. ... Piatt County reports 63 new cases over four days, 23 of them in Monticello. ... Wednesday's new daily case totals: 136 in Champaign County, 134 in Vermilion, 13 on UI campus, 9 in Ford.

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"Let’s stop the shaming and the name-calling and allow everyone the right to their own political views without fear of retribution," Champaign's Peggy Prichard writes in a guest column. "Let’s listen to each other without judgment. That is not just my hope as a proud Republican woman. That is my hope as a proud American."

CHAMPAIGN — With a thick red Salvation Army mask pulled up above her nose and nearly covering her eyes, Tonya Peters stood well behind the red kettle outside of Prairie Gardens on Monday night, ready to accept donations in a socially distanced manner.

A graduate of the University of Illinois for both his undergraduate and law degrees, John Kennedy met his wife while they were in school — they both worked at Scott Hall, one of the “six-pack” dormitories — and married in 1983.


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