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