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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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Welcome to Champaign-Urbana, all you wonderful newbies. You’re going to love this place, even in January when it’s cold, dark and windy. That’s why we have college basketball.

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A small story appeared in the Aug. 3, 1922, edition of The News-Gazette, noting that the architectural plans for the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium had been completed and were being sent to contractors across the country.

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We have a winner in the "contest" to offer a new name for the Campus Instructional Facility at the University of Illinois. Plus more on TV markets, a new business in Mahomet, speed limits in C-U, a shuttered trailer park and farmland around Willard Airport.

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Noon whistles, Raising Cane's, marching bands in the July 4 parade, country club memberships for top UI officials, county fair food, slow business in the basement of the Illini Union, Champaign schools of choice and alleged impassable streets in Urbana. 

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We dive into the history of Roselawn Cemetery, the Tuscola outlet mall, Old Church Road, 115-year-old Illini Hall, Windsor Road resurfacing, Sweet Basil Cafe, a permanent marching band tower at Champaign Central High School, COVID screening at Carle, plastics recycling and a new name for a new campus building.

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