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Tom Kacich

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Tom Kacich is a columnist and the author of Tom's Mailbag at The News-Gazette. His column appears Sundays. His email is tkacich@news-gazette.com, 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.

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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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