May 18, 2019

On this day: May 18


LaCresha Linton

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On May 18, Rock Island High School's LaCresha Linton cheers for her teammate during preliminary heat of the 4x100 relay at Illinois High School Association's 2012 Girls State Track & Field Meet. The Rocks went on to finished in a three-way tie for 18th place in the final team standings on Saturday. Click here to see more photos of the Lady Rocks track program at state.




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Rosary's Julianne Hutchison starts out on her leg of the Class 2A 4x400-Meter Relay during the IHSA State Track & Field prelims on Friday, May 18, 2018. Hutchison and her squad advanced to Saturday's title round. Follow this link to view more photos in our files from May 18. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks




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May 18, 2018 - Charleston, IL - Geneseo's Erika Furbeck sails through the air during the Class 2A Long Jump during the IHSA State Track & Field prelims on Friday. She set a new state record in the event leaping 19 feet-11.25 inches. See 20 more photos of Furbeck here: Erika Furbeck collection. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks





May 17, 2019

On this day: May 17


Liberty's Paige Knuffman

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Liberty's Paige Knuffman competes in the Class 1A Long Jump prelims during the IHSA State Track & Field on Thursday. Despite her best attempt at 15 feet, she failed to qualify for Saturday's finals. See more photos from that day at the 2017 Illinois High School Association State Track & Field Finals in our archive here: May 17 photos.

May 12, 2019

On This Day: May 12th in photos


Julia Matyjas

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New Trier's Julia Matyjas rushes the net to tap the shuttlecock over for a point during her fourth round consolation bracket match against Conant's Burcin Asilturk at the IHSA Badminton State Finals. Matyjas advanced to the next round with a 21-12, 22-20 victory on Friday, May 12, 2017. See more photos from May 12th in our files here.

May 10, 2019

Your weekend guide for May 10

ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE • May 10, 9am-5pm, Sola Gratia Farm, 2200 South Philo Road, Urbana. Choose from a wide selection of organically grown veggies, herbs, as well as locally sourced flowers.

SPRING USED BOOK SALE • May 10, 9am-7pm, St. Joseph Township - Swearingen Memorial Library, 201 N. Third, St. Joseph. Books, DVDs, videos, music cds, audiobooks and large print books are for sale on a donation basis. Information: Swearingen Memorial Library

WIENERS AND WINE • May 10, 5pm-9pm, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 East 1425 North, Fairmount. Buy your favorite adult beverage and they provide the hot dogs, fixings and a fire to roast them over while listening to live music. If it rains, enjoy free chili dogs inside! Kid friendly. Information: Sleepy Creek on Facebook.

PARKLAND PRIDE DRAG SHOW • May 10, 7pm-10pm, Jean Miner Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign. While the show is family friendly music during the show may contain adult language. Parking for the event will be available in Lot C4. Admission: Adults $5.00, $3.00 for ages 6-17, and free for children 6 and under.

LATIN DANCE NIGHT • May 10, 8-11pm, Urbana Dance Company, 122 W. Main Street, UNIT D, Urbana. DJ Sebastian will light up the house spinning popular salsa, bachata, merengue, and cumbia music. Free lesson from 8pm-8:30pm. Cover: $5.00 per person.

AQUILA AT WATSON'S • May 10, 10pm-1am, Watson's Shack & Rail, 211 N Neil St, Champaign. Listen the jazz fusion, neo-soul, experimental indie sounds of the five member band. Limited kitchen services. Cost: No Cover.

COMEDY WITH CHRIS SCHLICHTING • May 11, 8:30pm-10pm, C-U Comedy Club inside Soma, 320 North Neil Street, Champaign. Schlichting is a touring headliner at comedy clubs, private events, and corporate shows. He has appeared on nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. Cost: $12.

THOMAS GABRIEL - PARADIGM OF TIME TOUR • May 11, 8pm, The City Center, 505 South Chestnut, Champaign. The oldest grandson of Johnny Cash will be performing live in Champaign. Cost: General Admission $10, Reserved Table seating $20. Information: Tickets available on EventFly.

MARY MAGDALENE • May 11, 7pm, The Art Theater, 126 West Church St, Champaign. Free-spirited Mary Magdalene flees an arranged marriage finding refuge and a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, rabble-rousing preacher named Jesus. Admission: Student $8.50, Adult $10.00, Senior Citizens $8.25. Information: Additional showtimes.

SPRING SUCCULENT WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP • May 12, 1pm-2pm, Riggs Beer Company, 1901 South High Cross Road. Urbana. Have fun on Mother's Day with Farmer Holly as she leads a class in crafting custom wreaths on grapevine frames in the cozy confines of Riggs Brewery. For kids ages 10+ and adults. Cost: $30 per person. Information: Website

RAFIKI • May 12, 2:00pm and 7:30pm, The Art Theater, 126 West Church St, Champaign. "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives." Two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Admission: Student $8.50, Adult $10.00, Senior Citizens $8.25. Information: Additional showtimes.

Harmon, McDaniel advance to state


Unity long distance runner Jordan Harmon
Unity's Jordan Harmon runs in the Class 2A 3200-Meter Run at IHSA State Track & Field Finals in Charleston back in May of 2017. Now a senior, Harmon once again qualified to run in the state title race and earned a spot in the preliminary race for the one-mile event a week from today. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Jordan Harmon extended her final prep running season one more week after qualifying for the IHSA State Track & Field Finals starting on May 16. The Unity senior long distance specialist finished second in the 3200-Meter Run at last night's sectional meet hosted by the Rockets.

Clocking in at 11:23.92, she ended her race between sectional title winner Olivia Rosenstein, from Urbana, and Olney's Cameron Hough, who placed third.

Harmon advanced to state in a second event as well.

Crossing the finish line ahead of Monticello's Alyssa McPike (3rd) and Rachel Koon (4th), she finished second in the 1600-Meter Run stopping the clock at 5:17.84. Rosenstein, who beat her in the longer run, held on to win the event with a time of 5 minutes, 13.86 seconds.

Also advancing to the finals in Charleston from Unity, who finished sixth in the final team standings with 36 points, was junior shot putter Aliyah McDaniel. She earned a second place sectional finish with her best put of 39 feet-11 inches.