What's up with Castle Mall in Tuscola? Why no sidewalks to the east of Champaign Country Club? Where can I find a CPR class? Who comes up with halftime acts at Illini basketball games? And where can I score kingfisher gear?

We’ll tell you about a mowed-down patch of prairie in Urbana … security at our local trauma center … who’ll get to park at the new south-campus parking deck … and why it’s so hard to keep litter out of the Second Street basin in Champaign. Oh, and you know those turquoise-colored rental bikes that seemed to be everywhere in C-U last summer? They’re ba-a-a-ack ...

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For those disappointed with the Illinois coaching, Brad Underwood isn't going anywhere. He rebuilt a mess and can keep the big whistle as long as he wants.

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U.S. 45 potholes ... money Unit 4 has spent on consultants … why the Illini stay at a local hotel the night before home games … whether it’s time to add a traffic signal at a busier-than-ever intersection … an update on our menu collaboration ... and much, much more.

A new fence behind the Mattis Avenue fire station, all those JULIE utility-marking flags along U.S. 45 south of Savoy, the future of Harker Hall on campus, more car-wash changes in C-U .... this week's 'Bag is stuffed.

PACA’s efforts to salvage items from Illini Hall  … why Memorial Stadium is lit up long after the end of football season … MTD fare info for “townies” who cross through the no-fare zone on campus … info for rural readers who do not yet have broadband internet access ... plus much more

Families are encouraged to bring flashlights to the first Allerton Bigfoot Hunt, a nighttime event that will begin at 7 on March 15 and take the search party through the park trails, “navigating some tricks along the way,” officials say.

How many Eisner grocery stores were in C-U? Why doesn't Savoy have its own school district? Why do some Illini sports teams have chaplains while others don’t? So many questions — and so many answers.

Light pollution in Mahomet ... peanuts and the Esquire Lounge in Champaign … improving accessibility at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana … which area rail crossings are due for an upgrade … future of Taylor Street ... cleanup at the old News-Gazette ... and much, much more.

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team:

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