Sunflowers, a downtown Champaign hotel site, temperature measurements, road closures, Bicentennial historic sites and political robotexts grace this week's Mailbag.

Governor: “Let me make this explicit and clear to women throughout our state, throughout the Midwest and our nation — Illinois will be a safe haven for the exercise of your reproductive rights. In Illinois, Roe v. Wade is still the law and it will remain the law as long as we have a pro-choice legislature and a pro-choice governor.”

Sunflowers, a downtown Champaign hotel site, temperature measurements, road closures, Bicentennial historic sites and political robotexts grace this week's Mailbag.

The group of Tolono firefighters earned their name during four decades of overseeing the pyrotechnics at the town’s annual summer celebration. This weekend, they’ll serve as the grand marshals in Saturday’s parade.

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The parade lined up at East Side Park steps off at 11 a.m., heading through downtown and to West Side Park. The Boom Boom Boys, who started the tradition of fireworks in town from 1977-2017, will be grand marshals.

SPRINGFIELD — A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois.

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ nonconference schedule got more interesting Friday morning when the matchups for the 2022 Big Ten/ACC Challenge were released. The Illini will host Syracuse on Wed., Nov. 29, in one of the two best games that night along with Michigan-Virginia.

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