Remebering Former Mayor

Published 03/19 2012 04:18PM

Updated 03/20 2012 01:58PM

    Family and friends are remembering a former mayor. Virgil Wikoff died Friday after battling an illness for years. He served the City of Champaign as Mayor from 1967 - 1974, and was also a State Representative for three terms.
    His term as mayor was during a hard time in Champaign. Virgil Wikoff started off as a local builder in Champaign. He then got involved in politics and defeated an incumbent to become mayor. During that time, he had to deal with many issues. There was unrest on the UI campus due to the Vietnam War. And, after the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr., Wikoff calmed racial tensions by speaking in front of the city.
    Bill Kuhne was a city council member alongside Wikoff. He says the former mayor was respectful of every council member and was a great leader. He also remembers him being a big Illini fan. Kuhne says he was very sad to hear about Wikoff's death. He last saw him about a year ago.
    Wikoff had been battling a non-curable disease for many years. He died in his sleep at the Savoy Rehabilitation Center. You can pay your respects to Former Mayor Wikoff.
    His visitation is Thursday, and his funeral is Friday.

Virgil Wikoff Memorial & Funeral
Visitation: Thursday 5 - 7 pm
Funeral: Friday 10 am
Morgan Memorial Home

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