Illinois Fighting Illini News for March 4, 2014
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Tate: There's work to do

CHAMPAIGN — Cinderella threw a shoe early Tuesday night and the band played on ... to the tune of The Conquering Heroes.Without daring to announce them, Illinois carried long-shot NCAA hopes into the home finale, and those dreams quickly went poof. CHAMPAIGN — Cinderella threw a shoe early Tuesday night and the band played on ... to the tune of The Conquering Heroes.Without daring to announce them, Illinois carried long-shot NCAA hopes into the home finale, and those dreams qu

UI grade vs. No. 12 Michigan: C-

That is how you clinch an outright Big Ten title, the first for the guys from Ann Arbor in 28 years. Anybody else want to play Michigan in the NCAA tournament? Didn’t think so. Illini fans can stop thinking about the NCAA tournament and start concentrating on the NIT. Sorry. Player of the gameNik Stauskas, MichiganNext time, Illinois fans, you might not want to taunt the Wolverines star about being Canadian. He gave his answer back Tuesday, nailing 7 of 9 three-pointers to fin

No. 12 Michigan 84, UI 53: 'They played terrific'

As Michigan was making 16 of 23 three-pointers — seven from Stauskas (24 points) — Illini great Kenny Battle stood in the tunnel and shook his head with a laugh.Illinois coach John Groce, looking on from the Illinois bench offered this: “I’ve never seen anybody shoot like that. I’ve been doing this a long time.” CHAMPAIGN — It was supposed to be a night in which Joseph Bertrand and Jon Ekey were celebrated. Illinois’ fifth-year seniors were playing the final home games of thei

Simpson's career ends

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Doctors have told Purdue forward Jay Simpson his career is over because of a heart condition.In a release issued Tuesday night, coach Matt Painter said the redshirt freshman was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — the same condition former basketball stars Hank Gathers, Reggie Lewis, Kevin Duckworth and Jason Collier all died from. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Doctors have told Purdue forward Jay Simpson his career is over because of a heart condition

No. 12 Michigan 84, UI 53: Notebook

CHAMPAIGN — Her goal was to win a gold medal during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. That didn’t happen, but former Illini track and field star Aja Evans came home with a little more hardware than she had when she left for Russia.“I went in as Aja Evans and I’m coming out now as Aja Evans, Olympic medalist, so I think I’m OK,” Evans said at halftime of Tuesday’s Illinois basketball game against No. 12 Michigan. CHAMPAIGN — Her goal was to win a gold medal during the Winter Olympi

Chargers achieve goal: 'Move on'

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial clinched a berth in a Class 3A regional championship game in convincing fashion with a 80-60 blowout win against Urbana on Tuesday night at Combes Gym.Urbana, fresh off an impressive playoff victory against Rantoul on Monday, could not duplicate the magic and pull off an upset. CHAMPAIGN — Centennial clinched a berth in a Class 3A regional championship game in convincing fashion with a 80-60 blowout win against Urbana on Tuesday night at Combes Gym.Urban

Sabers win sectional opener in overtime

DANVILLE — Matt Kelley’s message to his team was simple: Look, but don’t touch.When St. Thomas More celebrated the school’s girls’ basketball state championship Tuesday afternoon, the title trophy was on display.“I told them not to touch it,” said Kelley, the coach of the STM boys’ basketball team. “I said you have to earn one before you can touch it.” DANVILLE — Matt Kelley’s message to his team was simple: Look, but don’t touch.When St. Thomas More celebrated the school’s gi

New plan for Danville budget proposes expanding EMS fee

Early retirement incentive also on table for certain city employees DANVILLE — For the last three years, the city of Danville has charged non-residents for emergency medical-service calls to which the fire department has responded. read more

Champaign sales tax funds to go to roads, projects

Potholes and business development will get a big chunk of the quarter-cent sales tax increase that went into effect at the beginning of this year. CHAMPAIGN — Potholes and business development will get a big chunk of the quarter-cent sales tax increase that went into effect at the beginning of this year. Even though it's technically next year's money, city officials expect to move forward quickly with hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of repairs to the most pothole-ri

Urbana schools making progress on federal program

URBANA — As the Urbana school district reaches the halfway point of the federal three-year Race to the Top school-improvement program, district officials report they have achieved six of 17 goals. On Tuesday night, Natalee Bretz, director of district and school improvement, reported on the six accomplishments to the school board. read more

FEMA rejection not going over well

But $100,000 grant from Chicago foundation gives villagers a reason to cheer GIFFORD — FEMA's denial of public assistance funding for tornado-damaged Illinois communities did not go over well at a community meeting Tuesday night in Gifford. read more

Illini v. Michigan: Senior Night 2014

Illinois vs. Michigan on Senior night at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

No. 12 Michigan 84, Illinois 53

UM_frame.jpeg College basketball writer Marcus Jackson discusses the last home game of the year Tuesday from State Farm Center. Videographer/Producer:  Marcus Jackson

Tornado drill has extra meaning in Gifford

Tuesday was the day of the annual statewide tornado drill and it had new significance for the approximately 200 students in Gifford. GIFFORD — Teresa McClain advised her class of 20 fourth-graders at the Gifford Grade School to stay away from doors and windows, "to be very, very, very quiet" and to sit cross-legged, facing the thick, block walls in the basement of the big, sturdy schoolhouse. read more

Fasteners Etc. Postgame Show Illinois/Michigan 3/4/2014

Fasteners Etc. Postgame Show Illinois/Michigan 3/4/2014: Play now!Brian Moline facilitates the postgame portion of the Illinois/Michigan broadcast, providing sports scores and taking your phone calls. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." Download now!

Illini junior day on tap

Maroa-Forsyth (Ill.) athlete Jack Hockaday is among the visitors for an Illini junior day this Saturday in Champaign.

Looking Way Up... [$]

Illinois watched Michigan claim the Big Ten title on it's home court Tuesday night...

Michigan thoughts, standings, & Iowa predictions

I’m just going to assume that the Wolverines saw how many people were picking against them on this blog and used that as their primary bulletin board material. [player1] And so, we’ve reached the end… read more

M. Basketball. Illinois Drops Home Finale to Michigan, 84-53

Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 16 points but Michigan outpaced the Fighting Illini 84-53 on Tuesday night.

The Aliens' Luna

A few years ago, a close friend of mine told me to check out a certain album. I recently rediscovered it on my computer, and let me just say this: very few albums today truly capture the feel of a previous generation. The second studio effort by Scottish trio The Aliens, however, pays great homage to its shimmering psychedelic influences. read more

March 5 college basketball chat

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:30pmAsk beat writer Marcus Jackson about Illinois' NCAA chances (not good) after Tuesday night's beatdown by Michigan.

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Michigan

The Wolverines put on an offensive clinic in the first half.  They shot 68% from the field, and 11-14 from three-point range.  That streak of holding opponents under 50 points?  That's over already, as Michigan leads 52-30 at the half.  Here are the first half efficiency stats: Illinois Mercy. read more

Q&A with candidates for 103rd Illinois House seat

Here are the answers to questions submitted by The News-Gazette to the Democratic candidates in the March primary for the Illinois House 103rd District seat.   Here are the answers to questions submitted by The News-Gazette to the Democratic candidates in the March primary for the Illinois House 103rd District seat. Here are answers for Carol Ammons of Urbana. read more

Q&A: Carol Ammons, Illinois House, 103rd District

Q&A with Carol Ammons, Democrat, Urbana, candidate for 103rd District, Illinois House. read more

Q&A: Sam Rosenberg, Illinois House, 103rd District

Q&A with Sam Rosenberg, Democrat, Champaign, candidate for 103rd District, Illinois House. read more

Michigan Pregame - 3-4-14

Michigan Pregame - 3-4-14: Play now!Steve Kelly, Loren Tate and Marcus Jackson are courtside for senior night at State Farm Center.  Steve talks with ESPN's Mike Tirico, Brian Barnhart gets the scouting report from assistant coach Jamall Walker, and Loren chats with Mark Snider from the Detroit Free Press. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." Download now!

Live! vs. No. 12 Michigan

No. 12 Michigan (21-7, 13-3) at Illinois (17-12, 6-10) — 6 p.m. ESPN Good evening and welcome to the last game at State Farm Center as we know it today. Not long after tonight's game this place will begin to undergo some major changes and begin taking shape for a renovation project that is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2015-16 season. No. 12 Michigan (21-7, 13-3) at Illinois (17-12, 6-10) — 6 p.m. ESPN read more

Chelsea Norton - Champaign Park District 3-4-14

Chelsea Norton - Champaign Park District 3-4-14: Play now!Brian Moline talks with the Marketing Coordinator for the Champaign Park District about the new Leonhard Recreation Center opening next month, and some fun events coming up in March. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." Download now!

M. Golf. Campbell Takes Second, #6 Illini Fourth at USF Invite...

Brian Campbell fired a 2-under-par 70 but finished second by one stroke, and the No. 6 Illini finished tied for fourth at the USF Invitational on Tuesday. Team Scores | Individual Scores |

Daughters in charge

I ran into a friend the other day with her 6-year-old, who had just celebrated her birthday with a long-awaited party. I asked how it went. “It was fun,” the 6-year-old said, “but we didn’t get to do everything on the schedule.” Flashback to my daughter’s sixth birthday party. How do we preserve our daughters' (or sons') ingenuity and self-confidence but still rein in the bossiness factor?   read more

C-U from space

Here's the photo astronaut and University of Illinois graduate Mike Hopkins posted today from space. Astronaut and University of Illinois graduate Mike Hopkins posted a photo of Champaign-Urbana today from space. Hopkins is aboard the International Space Station.  read more

iPTV: Ekey's Season 'Went By Fast' [$]

It seems like Jon Ekey just arrived at Illinois -- his senior night is already here.

M. Tennis. Farris Gosea Wins Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week...

The conference office announced Tuesday afternoon that Illinois junior Farris Gosea was the Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week, earning his first weekly award of his career. B1G Release |

Q&A: George Gollin, U.S. House, 13th District

Q&A with George Gollin, Democrat, Champaign, candidate for 13th District, U.S. House. 1. Do you favor repeal of the Affordable Care Act? If so, should Congress move quickly to approve an alternate health care program that would cover all or most Americans? What kind of provisions, coverage do you think it should include? read more

Q&A: Rodney Davis, U.S. House, 13th District

Q&A with Rodney Davis, Republican, Taylorville, candidate for 13th District, U.S. House. 1. Do you favor repeal of the Affordable Care Act? If so, should Congress move quickly to approve an alternate health care program that would cover all or most Americans? What kind of provisions, coverage do you think it should include? read more

Q&A: Ann Callis, U.S. House, 13th District

Q&A with Ann Callis, Democrat, Edwardsville, candidate for 13th District, U.S. House. 1. Do you favor repeal of the Affordable Care Act? If so, should Congress move quickly to approve an alternate health care program that would cover all or most Americans? What kind of provisions, coverage do you think it should include? read more

Q&A: Erika Harold, U.S. House, 13th District

Q&A with Erika Harold, Republican, Urbana, candidate for 13th District, U.S. House. 1. Do you favor repeal of the Affordable Care Act? If so, should Congress move quickly to approve an alternate health care program that would cover all or most Americans? What kind of provisions, coverage do you think it should include? read more

Q&A: David Green, U.S. House, 13th District

Q&A with David Green, Democrat, Champaign, candidate for 13th District, U.S. House. 1. Do you favor repeal of the Affordable Care Act? If so, should Congress move quickly to approve an alternate health care program that would cover all or most Americans? What kind of provisions, coverage do you think it should include? read more

Q&A with candidates for 13th Congressional District

Questionnaires from the candidates for the 13th Congressional District. Here are the answers to questions submitted by The News-Gazette to the candidates running for the U.S. House 13th District seat. Republicans Here are the answers for incumbent Rodney Davis, Taylorville. read more

Revenue Department bullies small business

In all my churches, we have used sales tax exemption letters from the Illinois Department of Revenue. But never was I or anyone else from my churches asked to prove our money came from church funds. read more

Purchase offers next phase of Bristol Place replacement

City officials say there will be a lot of activity during the next few months related to the purchase, demolition and replacement of an entire neighborhood in north Champaign. CHAMPAIGN — City officials say there will be a lot of activity during the next few months related to the purchase, demolition and replacement of an entire neighborhood in north Champaign. read more

Illini face Michigan on senior night

The Illini got back into the NCAA tourney bubble talk with their win at Michigan State, and they can make some more noise Tuesday night on senior night when they take on the Michigan Wolverines at the State Farm Center.

Jack Trudeau, in his own words

Orange and Blue News takes a trip down memory lane with former Illini Jack Trudeau, who led Illinois to the 1984 Rose Bowl game.

Junior day visit helps UT with Daniels [$]

Rivals100 DT Darrion Daniels was the highest-rated recruit at Texas' junior day on Saturday, and the good news for the Longhorns is that they made a strong impression.

Green adds Indiana offer

Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic three-star linebacker Chris Green has been steadily adding scholarship offers, and he picked up his ninth on Monday from Indiana.

Latest pothole list from our readers

Since the freeze-thaw began in January, we've asked News-Gazette readers to list potholes they've encountered. And city officials have online ways for citizens to report them as well. read more

Georgetown clarifies garbage ordinance

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown City Council members clarified some provisions of the city's garbage ordinance on Monday, reminding residents that their garbage is to be collected along the streets, not along the alleys. read more

Woman sentenced to probation in theft case

URBANA — An Oakwood woman who admitted stealing while on the job has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. Jodi Lane, 40, pleaded guilty Monday before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem to a single count of felony theft, admitting that in November, she stole jewelry from the Champaign home of a woman for whom she cleaned. read more

Urbana man arrested on warrant charging him with sex crimes

URBANA — An Urbana man is due back in court next month on charges that he sexually molested a teenage girl. Kenneth "Kenny" D. Laroe, 55, of the 1200 block of Kerr Avenue, was arrested Monday on a warrant issued last week charging him with three counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. read more

From concept to reality

The time for posturing and speculation is over: The experiment is underway.   A trickle of concealed-carry permits will turn into a flood in the coming months. The time for posturing and speculation is over: The experiment is underway. read more

No immediate move for Daily Bread

The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen is looking for a new location, but its leaders' plans are "nebulous" and a move would not be until years down the road. CHAMPAIGN — The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen is looking for a new location, but its leaders' plans are "nebulous" and a move would not be until years down the road. read more

NIT hopes strengthening for Illini

The dream of reaching the NCAA tournament is alive and well for most Illinois fans and while reaching the Big Dance is more than a long shot at this juncture, there’s a realistic possibility the Illini can make it with the way they’ve played of late. Saturday’s win at Michigan State strengthened Illinois’ argument for receiving a bid to the No. 2 postseason tournament. read more

Snapchat makes its way into the recruiting world

Imagine John Groce sending a recruit a selfie. Or a photo of the ongoing renovation at State Farm Center. With the message 'Go Illini!' or some variation of this. And the recruit may see the photo for up to 10 seconds. Then never again. Confused yet? Welcome to a potential new tool coaches can use with recruiting. College basketball coaches can now use Snapchat to communicate with recruits who are high school juniors and seniors. read m

March 7 UI football/recruiting chat

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 1:00pmHow have spring practices gone so far for Illinois? What was Pro Day like for some of the Illinois seniors wanting to latch on with an NFL team? How are Illinois basketball recruits faring in the postseason? Anything is fair game in Matt Daniels' weekly chat, and feel free to submit questions ahead of time.

Please stop covering Unofficial silliness

Here comes Unofficial St. Patrick's Day again. I urge this newspaper never to print another word about this non-story. Your mature readership has zero interest in being alerted to students being stupid. As with "Hash Wednesday," an equally insipid non-event, if the media would simply stop covering Unofficial, it will blessedly disappear from our consciousness. read more

The Breakdown: Nick Rakocevic [$]

Sophomore big man Nick Rakocevic of St. Joe's is being asked to do a lot for an underclassman, but he's rising to the challenge. We take a closer look at his game after seeing him in action recently.

Captain Roy Acree of University Police 3/4/2014

Captain Roy Acree of University Police 3/4/2014: Play now!Liz and Loanie talk Unofficial with Univeristy Police Captain Roy Acree. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." Download now!

Family Checkbook: Trying to save these days in America

When we have a savings plan, and an opportunity for our money to grow through investments, we have financial security. But most Americans continue to face significant personal savings challenges. By Kathy Sweedler The other day I was talking to a Money Mentor volunteer, and he said, "If I can encourage someone to save money regularly then I figure all the other financial pieces are likely to come together." read more

Christians prepare for Lent

Though not everyone gives up food or habits for Lent, Jeff Caithamer has taken the practice pretty seriously. One year, he gave up pizza, chocolate and soda — all at once. Though not everyone gives up food or habits for Lent, Jeff Caithamer has taken the practice pretty seriously. One year, he gave up pizza, chocolate and soda — all at once. "And I worked in a pizza place at the time," Caithamer said of his epic quest, which was successful. He is now a pastor at St. John Luthe

U.S. benefits with educators in House

I think I speak for many Americans when I say that I am greatly concerned about our nation's education system. It seems as though no matter how much money we spend, the United States still lags behind other developed countries in basic reading, math and science skills. I think part of this country's education problem lies with our elected officials. read more

2013-14 winter ranks right up there

The meteorological winter of 2013-14 — which ended last Saturday morning — ranked locally as the fifth-snowiest ever and the ninth-coldest, according to preliminary statistics from the National Weather Service. SPRINGFIELD — The meteorological winter of 2013-14 — which ended last Saturday morning — ranked locally as the fifth-snowiest ever and the ninth-coldest, according to preliminary statistics from the National Weather Service. In Danville, it was the snowiest meteorologic

Could 'Public Enemy No. 1' live in D.C.?

On page A-3 of the Feb. 25 News-Gazette, a headline referred to "Public Enemy No. 1 in Chicago." I beg to differ; he is still in the White House! BILL TESMAN Urbana

Danville friends relate highlights of Oscar trip

Mimi Myers and Suzy Smalley are back in Danville after a weekend of star-gazing on the Oscars red carpet.   Mimi Myers and Suzy Smalley are back in Danville after a weekend of star-gazing on the Oscars red carpet. While the People magazine movie fan contest Myers won didn't come with front-row seats — the best friends sat high up in the stands, under a golden arch — they still got a good view of the rich and famous as they stopped to wave to the crowd or chat with ABC's Robi

Callis backs troops, our environment

I support Ann Callis for congresswoman from the 13th District, not only because of her earnestness, but also because of her views on important issues including global warming and care for veterans. read more

Parties at impasse over Eagle Creek renovation

Shut down since 2009, the 138-room Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville will remain closed this summer, and the state of Illinois and resort leaseholders are at a new impasse over how to proceed with the multimillion-dollar rehabilitation. SHELBYVILLE — Shut down since 2009, the 138-room Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville will remain closed this summer, and the state of Illinois and resort leaseholders are at a new impasse over how to proceed with the multimillion-dollar

This day in history: March 4, 2014

Today is Tuesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2014. There are 302 days left in the year. Today's highlight: On March 4, 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.) On this date: In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state. read more

Rantoul village administrator fired

Bruce Sandahl has been relieved of his duties as Rantoul village administrator — a job he's held since 2008.   RANTOUL — The search will begin for a new Rantoul village administrator. Bruce Sandahl has been relieved of his duties as village administrator — a job he's held since he was approved by the village board in the summer of 2008. Mayor Chuck Smith did not give a reason for the decision to terminate Sandahl's contract but said he had the support of the village trustee

Top of the Morning, March 4, 2014

As Gifford braces for today's statewide tornado drill, there are more signs of progress:   As Gifford braces for today's statewide tornado drill — our story, B-2 — more signs of progress: — On Monday, Champaign Rotary Club followed through on its promise to do more for Gifford than its donation of $10,000 made in November. President John Calderon announced at a luncheon that the club's spring project will be to plant up to 350 trees in the tornado-ravaged village, read more

Timeline of a tornado

Jeffrey Frame, a University of Illinois clinical professor in atmospheric sciences, has traveled throughout the Midwest, Plains states and other regions of the country tracking and observing tornadoes, lake effect snowstorms and other severe weather. With a statewide tornado drill set for 10 a.m. read more

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