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Tom Kacich



Tom Kacich is a columnist and the author of Tom's Mailbag at The News-Gazette. His column appears Sundays. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@tkacich).

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Area pandhandlers, Mahomet vs. Savoy, a record cold February, what's next after Limbaugh, Urbana bigwigs from the class of 1960, the Eating Illini, plans for Memorial Stadium's centennial, cannabis tax revenue and much, much more.


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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Commencement ceremonies at the University of Illinois, the reopening of a local restaurant, a new solar technology being applied at the Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building at the UI, renewable energy sources at the university and Kofi Cockburn's slam dunks.


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Details on a nearly 100-year-old commercial spot near Urbana High School, status of Baxter's, a hazardous household waste collection day is on the calendar, The Venue in downtown Champaign, a damaged bridge on I-74 in Mahomet, hunting for crow, plans for South Mattis Avenue in Champaign.

CHAMPAIGN — There was an unusually narrow range of temperatures in Champaign-Urbana in January, with a high of 48 degrees and a low of 10.

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Preliminary numbers from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey suggest that Champaign County’s population grew by 2.8 percent in the last decade, the second-highest rate among Illinois’ 102 counties. Only Kendall County, at an estimated 6.7 percent, did better.

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'Prairie Mountain' in Champaign, a big drop in police calls, a regular cargo flight over Champaign County, a dilapidated building in Tuscola, a mistaken street sign, the whereabouts of the Illinois football equipment truck, a cemetery refurbishment and much more.

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