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This weekend's Illinois Marathon will be a wonderful celebration of the great community spirit of Champaign-Urbana. At our best, we are a community that welcomes newcomers with open arms.

Together with several other members of the UIUC Campus Faculty Association, I am proud to be part of a team of runners and walkers raising money to support the Immigration Project, a vital nonprofit organization that provides affordable, high-quality legal aid to immigrants here in Champaign County and throughout downstate Illinois.

It has been wonderful to see our campaign take off over these last few months. Thank you to the race organizers and to the whole C-U community for making this weekend possible. We'll see you on the course.

DAN GILBERT

Urbana