A graduate of Champaign Central High School, Mr. Wills was an undersized center on the football team that won a Big 12 Conference championship. Later, he was a part of two Hall of Fame softball teams.

Most public courses in East Central Illinois reported similar gaudy increases, a reversal of a recent trend that had resulted in the closure of golf shops and golf courses like Railside in Gibson City, Blue Needles near Fairmount and Scovill in Decatur.

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MONTICELLO — The city of Monticello has commissioned a firm to draft a master plan for Robert C. Burke Memorial Park, a 6-acre recreation area around the Monticello Family Aquatic Center that currently includes basketball and tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and a playground.

In November 1975, the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald perished under the waves of Lake Superior, and Gordon Lightfoot’s ballad to its crew captured the nation’s lost hope with the words, “… all that remains are the faces and names … Superior, they say, never gives up her dead, when the gales of …

About 100 years ago, the point at which the Jordan Creek flowed into the Salt Fork River near Oakwood became a gathering spot where people picnicked, fished and enjoyed nature, according to Deanna Glosser, executive director of the Land Conservation Foundation.