Illinois Fighting Illini News for March 6, 2014
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Bob Asmussen's Unofficial Selection Sunday

Let the kids on campus enjoy their Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day festivities.We’d rather skip class to fill out our NCAA tournament bracket. Here’s who will celebrate March 16, courtesy staff writer Bob Asmussen.  West1. Arizona (Pac-12)2. Duke (ACC)3. Wisconsin (Big Ten)4. Creighton (Big East)5. North Carolina (ACC)6. New Mexico (Mountain West)7. George Washington (Atlantic 10)8. Oklahoma State (Big 12)9. Memphis (American)10. Providence (Big East)11. Stanford (Pac-12)12. Arka

Bob Asmussen: Demon Deacons pull shocker

Each Friday, staff writer and No. 2 basketball fan (after Marcus Jackson)Bob Asmussen offers his views on the game Dick Vitale loves to shout about Team of the Week read more

Delgado, mates ready for Big Tens

Illinois coach Jim Heffernan has fond memories of wrestling at the home of the Badgers. During his Iowa career, he won the Big Ten title when the meet was at Wisconsin. MADISON, Wis. — Illinois coach Jim Heffernan has fond memories of wrestling at the home of the Badgers. During his Iowa career, he won the Big Ten title when the meet was at Wisconsin.Not that his current wrestlers will hear about it. read more

End of line for Moore, Illini

Senior Amber Moore did her part, but Illinois couldn't solve Iowa at the Big Ten women's basketball tournament. INDIANAPOLIS — With the final curtain poised to drop on Amber Moore’s college basketball career, the fifth-year Illinois senior did everything she could Thursday to delay the closing act at least one more day.A longtime Illini nemesis, however, was having none of it. read more

Loren Tate: UI defense shows ray of hope

Today’s account will evolve into an evaluation of Illinois’ defensive line. You know, up front where the games are won and lost. Today’s account will evolve into an evaluation of Illinois’ defensive line. You know, up front where the games are won and lost.The subject is revealed in advance because, if your offseason football interest has dipped as low as attendance for the last game,you may prefer to read about something else. read more

Champaign rivals, STM, Danville shoot for titles

The same 2-for-1 special will be offered Friday night at Champaign Central, Danville Area Community College and Normal Community. Two boys’ basketball teams are seeking one treat: another game to play. Centennial and Central will play the tiebreaker in their season city rivalry series at Combes Gym in a Class 3A regional title game. At DACC’s Mary Miller Gymnasium, St. Thomas More and St. Anne are seeking Elite Eight berths in their Class 1A sectional showdown. At Normal Community, the fast-char

Brown a 'Better Person' Because of Draft Prep [$]

Jonathan Brown did all he could do Thursday to improve his draft stock. Find out how he improved his results from the combine and also get the scoop on what he's learned about himself through the entire scouting process.

Gifford hoping for share of state tornado relief fund

Officials in Gifford are hoping to get a share of the $45 million relief fund for tornado-ravaged communities that has been assembled by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration. GIFFORD — Officials in Gifford are hoping to get a share of the $45 million relief fund for tornado-ravaged communities that has been assembled by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration. read more

Director bringing Oscar winner to festival

Oliver Stone is coming to Ebertfest — and the Oscar-winning filmmaker is bringing one of his greatest hits with him. Comedian Patton Oswalt also slated to attend CHAMPAIGN — Oliver Stone is coming to Ebertfest — and the Oscar-winning filmmaker is bringing one of his greatest hits with him. Officials confirmed Thursday that Stone will be in Champaign-Urbana next month to show "Born on the Fourth of July" — 25 years after Roger Ebert gave the Vietnam War drama a four-star rating

Paxton considers reimbursing auto dealer part of improvement...

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will consider next week a redevelopment agreement with Shields Automart, the first business in the city's tax-increment financing district to seek reimbursement for improvement costs. read more

Design for Monticello library could be ready by early summer

MONTICELLO — What will a new library look like in Monticello? The Allerton Public Library Board may find out by early summer. That is when Apace Design of Peoria will likely deliver the first design drawings for a new building to be constructed on Green Apple Lane. read more

Tolono board backs funds for fire station

TOLONO — The village board approved reimbursing $850,000 from its tax increment financing district to help the fire department build a new station on the village's east side, where the Tolono Primary School once stood. The village will give the fire department $250,000 in July and $50,000 every year through the end of the TIF district, 2026. read more

Updated: Middle Fork advocates: Dynegy should move coal ash ponds...

Middle Fork River advocates are urging Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to direct Dynegy to move three coal ash ponds at the old Vermilion Power Station north of Oakwood. RURAL OAKWOOD — Middle Fork River advocates are urging Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to "do the right thing" and direct Dynegy to relocate three coal ash ponds at the old Vermilion Power Station north of Oakwood. read more

Sports Talk 03-06-14

Sports Talk 03-06-14: Play now!Brian Moline is joined by Matt Daniels of the News-Gazette.  They visit with Will Leitch of Sports on Earth to talk about the Winter Olympics and Fred Kroner of the News-Gazette to discuss high school postseason basketball. 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!

Ben Layman - Savoy 16 3-6-14

Ben Layman - Savoy 16 3-6-14: Play now!Brian Moline talks with Savoy 16 IMAX assistant manager Ben Layman about "300: Rise of an Empire," opening tonight at the Savoy 16 IMAX. 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!

Luke Boyce - Shatterglass Studios 3-6-14

Luke Boyce - Shatterglass Studios 3-6-14: Play now!Brian Moline talks with Luke Boyce from Shatterglass Studios about last weekend's Academy Awards, the Pens to Lens competition and this year's special guests at the Roger Ebert Film Festival. 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!

UI hopes to have next president by January

The University of Illinois hopes to choose a new president by next January to allow for a smooth transition before current President Bob Easter retires in June 2015. The University of Illinois hopes to choose a new president by next January to allow for a smooth transition before current President Bob Easter retires in June 2015. The UI Board of Trustees approved Thursday a format for a search committee that will be appointed in May to recruit and review candidates for the uni

Football. Illini Excel for NFL Scouts on Pro Day

Seven former Illini took part in Illinois' annual NFL Pro Day Thursday morning at the Illinois Football Performance Center and Irwin Indoor Practice Center. Results (PDF) | Pro Day Videos |

Illini pro day results

Complete results of the Illini pro timing day Thursday on campus, courtesy of the University of Illinois Athletic Department.

Updated: UI told to prepare for 12.5 percent cut in state funds...

The University of Illinois has been told to prepare for a 12.5 percent cut in its state funding next year if legislators don't act to extend a state income tax increase that expires in January. URBANA — The University of Illinois has been told to prepare for a 12.5 percent cut in its state funding next year if legislators don't act to extend a state income tax increase that expires in January. The Illinois Board of Higher Education has instructed the university to make conti

Sanitary District OKs water sale despite opposition

In a crowded meeting room, the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District board unanimously signed off on a deal for which Cronus would pay at least $2 million per year for a direct flow of around 5.5 million gallons per day of the sanitary district's treated wastewater.  URBANA — Local officials on Thursday checked off another major step toward securing a deal to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant near Tuscola. Cronus Chemicals still hasn't said where it will build the plant,

Police reports roundup

Here is a roundup of reports of activity for Champaign, Urbana and University of Illinois police departments. Here is the report of activity for Champaign police for Thursday, March 6, 2014. read more

W. Basketball. Illini End Season with 81-62 Loss to Iowa

The Illini fell to Iowa 81-62 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday afternoon. Amber Moore capped a great career with a 26 point peformance. Box Score | Printable Box | Highlights | Post-Game Conference | Photo Gallery |

W. Cross Country; Track & Field. Bloch-Jones to Compete at the...

Illinois women's track and field high jumper Kandie Bloch-Jones has qualified to compete at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

M. Gymnastics. #7 Illinois Hosts #15 UIC for Gym Jam This Weekend...

#7 Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team will return to Huff Hall Saturday afternoon for Senior Day, honoring their five graduating seniors. Notes | Live Scoring | All-Access Stream |

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UI told to prepare for 12.5 percent cut in state funds

The University of Illinois has been told to prepare for a 12.5 percent cut in its state funding next year if legislators don't act to extend a state income tax increase that expires in January. URBANA — The University of Illinois has been told to prepare for a 12.5 percent cut in its state funding next year if legislators don't act to extend a state income tax increase that expires in January. read more

Softball. World's Largest Softball Tailgate XI Set for April...

Illinois Marketing has announced the 2014 softball promotional schedule, with the 11th-Annual World's Largest Softball Tailgate set for April 5. | PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE |

McFadden gears up for Sochi Paralympics

We've already seen one University of Illinois alum win an Olympic medal in a new sport for that athlete  And in the next week, we could see another athlete do the same.Famed wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden is competing in cross-country skiing at the Sochi Paralympics, which get underway Friday. read more

UI trustees approve transgender surgery coverage

Board also approves contracts for State Farm renovations, search committee format for next UI president URBANA — University of Illinois trustees today approved a proposal to cover gender reassignment surgery as part of the student health insurance plan at the Urbana campus. The board voted 8-2 to approve student insurance rates for 2014-15, which include a small premium to cover the surgery. Trustee Timothy Koritz and Urbana student Trustee Michael Cunningham voted no. read mo

'Storm chaser' in town

'This winter has really been a case of bad luck in much of the Midwest.' On Friday, former Parkland College student Andrew Pritchard returns to campus for his “Confessions of a Storm Chaser” presentation at Staerkel Planetarium (7 p.m. start, $1 admission). He was kind enough to take our questions ahead of the event: read more

WDWS Radio personality receives Broadcast Pioneer Award

Long-time WDWS Radio employee Jim Turpin receives prestigious broadcasting award A long-time employee of WDWS Radio is being honored by the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Jim Turpin, the host of "Penny for Your Thoughts", a live call-in program airing Monday through Friday on WDWS, has been named as a recipient of the prestigious "Broadcast Pioneer Award". read more

03-06-14 Illinois Broadcasters Association Pioneer Award to Jim...

03-06-14 Illinois Broadcasters Association Pioneer Award to Jim Turpin: Play now!03-06-14 Illinois Broadcasters Association "Pioneer Award" for 2014 goes to Jim Turpin.  Dennis Lyle President of IBA announces the award live on the air with Jim Turpin. 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!

Former Illini make Hall of Fame ballot

Howard, Rice under consideration Two former Illinois football players will be on this year's ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. The 2004 class will be announced in May. Dana Howard, the winner of the 1994 Butkus Award, is on the ballot for the first time. So is Simeon Rice, the No. 3 pick in the 1996 NFL draft and the Illinois career sack leader. read more

W. Tennis. Illini Take on Northwestern and Purdue in Big Ten...

The Illinois women's tennis team will host the Northwestern Wildcats in their Big Ten opener on Saturday and travel to Purdue Sunday

Group: Number of children in poverty up 43 percent in five years...

The number of kids living in poverty in Champaign County grew by nearly 43 percent in five years. CHAMPAIGN — The number of kids living in poverty in Champaign County grew by nearly 43 percent in five years, according to a new report released today by the statewide organization Voices for Illinois Children. read more

M. Cross Country; Track & Field. Two Illini Qualify for NCAA...

The University of Illinois' men's track and field team qualified two athletes to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Baseball. Illinois Travels to Western Kentucky for Three-Game...

The Illini will head to Bowling Green, Ky., for a three-game series against Western Kentucky from March 7-9. Gametracker: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game Notes | Hartleb Interview |

UI students rally for transgender surgery coverage

University of Illinois students rallied in support of gender reassignment surgery today at the UI trustees meeting. URBANA - University of Illinois students rallied Thursday outside the Illini Union, where the UI Board of Trustees is meeting, in support of insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery. read more

W. Gymnastics. #13 Illinois Set for Gym Jam Saturday vs. Lindenwo...

Printable Notes | Live Scoring | All-Access Stream |

Spirit Squad. 2014-15 Cheerleading Tryout Information

Tryouts for 2014-15 University of Illinois Cheerleading will be held April 12-13. Tryout Forms |

Misreading Putin, history

WASHINGTON — One hundred years after a spark in Central Europe ignited a conflagration from which the world has not yet recovered and from which Europe will never recover, armed forces have crossed an international border in Central Europe, eliciting this analysis from Secretary of State John Kerry: "It's a 19th-century act in the 21st century. read more

Urbana to honor police, citizens

Seven Urbana police officers and 10 citizens will be publicly acknowledged by the Urbana police chief Thursday for their "heroic" efforts in assisting others. Seven Urbana police officers and 10 citizens will be publicly acknowledged by the Urbana police chief Thursday for their "heroic" efforts in assisting others. In some of the cases, Chief Pat Connolly said, "without their involvement, people could have died. That's the ultimate involvement — saving somebody else's life.

Illini at pro day and their offer lists

Eight former Illinois football players are set to go through the paces this morning during pro day. Here's a look at who will try to impress in front of NFL scouts, along with their offer lists aside from Illinois coming out of high school before they arrived in Champaign-Urbana. Jonathan Brown and several other of his former Illinois teammates get their chance to show off their skills to NFL personnel on Thursday morning at Illinois pro day.

Time for UI faculty to push back, join union

Across the country, the entire system of public education — from grade school up through the universities — has long been under attack. Institutions like the University of Illinois have not been spared. Governors and state legislatures, Republican and Democratic alike, have slashed support for our institutions, driving tuition relentlessly upward. read more

They combined to save a life

The combined efforts of an observant 8-year-old boy, a caring neighbor and a trained police officer saved the life of the 57-year-old Urbana woman. Today, the police department will honor them. URBANA — Sharon Barnes had more than one guardian angel on Sept. 22. They were an observant 8-year-old boy, a caring neighbor and a trained police officer whose combined efforts saved the life of the 57-year-old Urbana woman. read more

It's time to tango at KAM

CHAMPAIGN — The seductive and subversive art of tango will come alive from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive. Midway through the event, there will also be live music by Tangotta. "Krannert tango events are a labor of love, not only for me, but for the whole community," said one of the organizers, Melih Sener. read more

City of Champaign Township Supervisor Andy Quarnstrom 3/6/2014...

City of Champaign Township Supervisor Andy Quarnstrom 3/6/2014: Play now!Dave and Elizabeth talk with City of Champaign Township Supervisor Andy Quarnstrom about a variety of topics. 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!

No smoking?

Here's a truism of government and politics — the more government fails to address its core functions, the more grandiose it becomes in pursuing issues it cannot or ought not address.   Your car is not your castle, at least it won't be soon. Here's a truism of government and politics — the more government fails to address its core functions, the more grandiose it becomes in pursuing issues it cannot or ought not address. read more

Chuck Koplinski: Wit, wisdom make for memorable 'Mr. Peabody'...

It was only a matter of time before Jay Ward's beloved characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman would make it to the big screen. It was only a matter of time before Jay Ward's beloved characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman would make it to the big screen. Having kicked around Hollywood for a while, certainly not helped by the disaster that was 2000's "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," it finally found a home at Dreamworks Animation in 2007. read more

Missing money looks suspicious

When taxpayer dollars disappear, it's important to find out if more than incompetence is involved. When taxpayer dollars disappear, it's important to find out if more than incompetence is involved. A state audit released last week told the story of a $50 million-plus boondoggle. The audit, no doubt, produced its share of disgust among beleaguered taxpayers, but it ought not to stop there. read more

UI board has taken to opening meetings with state song

Since mid-2011, just about every University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting has opened with a rendition of the song "Illinois."   After a tense, closed-door meeting in March 2012 to consider the future of University of Illinois leadership, UI trustees launched their public session with ... a song. It was just days before embattled UI President Michael Hogan would resign, and trustees were considering the latest revelations about his former chief of staff. read more

Rich Warren: Reader asks me to bark up the subwoofer tree

Home theater confuses people with its nomenclature. Dolby Laboratories established the 5.1 home standard about 30 years ago. Now we also have 6.1 and 7.1. read more

Legislation needed to halt 'patent trolls'

Like many Illinois business owners, I received a letter from a company I've never heard of, demanding payment for alleged patent infringement. As a small-business owner, patent lawsuits were at the very bottom of my long list of things to worry about. That reality has changed. The fear of patent trolls now sits squarely at the top. read more

Clubs listings, March 6-13, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries. THURSDAY, March 6 BLACK BEAR INN, Danville: Karaoke with Route 66, 9 p.m. read more

Concealed-carry means juicier news

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John Frayne: Evening with Venice musicians gets better and better...

The Venice Baroque Orchestra, 20 strong, came Saturday night to the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and accompanied the greatly gifted countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in an evening of the music of Georg Frideric Handel and Nicola Porpora. read more

Cell mutations central to evolution

The most important error in the recent letter here about Bill Nye's "ignorance" of science was the claim that "mutation cannot be evolutionary." Charles Darwin had the basics of biological evolution correct, but he knew nothing of genetics. Nobody else at the time did, either. read more

Area history, March 6, 2014

Today is Thursday, March 6, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: In 1914, senior class members at the University of Illinois are voting today on the selection of a class memorial. The choices include starting a fund for the purchase of university chimes, the purchase of a bust of Abraham Lincoln or the purchase of an electrical scoreboard for Illinois Field. read more

This day in history: March 6, 2014

Today is Thursday, March 6, the 65th day of 2014. There are 300 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 6, 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege. On this date: In 1834, the city of York in Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto. In 1853, Verdi's opera "La Traviata" premiered in Venice, Italy. read more

Film capsules, March 6, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine: read more

Illinois American Water moving office to Urbana

Illinois American Water plans to move its administrative office and customer service functions from Champaign to Urbana. A roundup of business news: CHAMPAIGN — Illinois American Water plans to move its administrative office and customer service functions from 201 Devonshire Drive, C, to a building it recently bought at 1406 N. Cardinal Court, U. read more

Fund drive for Ebert sculpture two-thirds complete

"I know the moviegoers at Ebertfest and the towns of Champaign-Urbana will be thrilled if the sculpture of Roger is ready in time for the film festival." The fund-raising campaign for a life-sized Roger Ebert sculpture in Champaign is two-thirds of the way to the finish line. Fans of the late film critic and Urbana native donated about $25,000 in December, which the Ebert Foundation matched with a grant. And famed movie director Martin Scorsese, whom Ebert had championed early

Jim Dey: Deadspin editor's mission is telling 'unauthorized versi...

One thing Tommy Craggs knows for sure is that the Internet has changed everything in journalism. But the Internet also has given rise to his current employer at Deadspin (deadspin.com), an irreverent, unconventional, sometimes profane and always lively news and sports web site for men. As Deadspin's editor, Craggs oversees writers who are rebels with a cause — pulling the mantle of respectability off their subjects and telling readers what's really happening. One thing Tommy

'Orpheus in the Underworld' comes to UI

The tragic Greek tale of Orpheus and his wife, Eurydice, is transformed into a romp through a lusty, lively heaven, hell and Earth. URBANA — Opera superstar Nathan Gunn didn't select Jacques Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" for production by Lyric Theatre @ Illinois. But the general director of the new program views the comic operetta, which premiered in 1858 in Paris, as beautiful, silly and charming. And he's the one who made the decision to have it performed in En

Some March events you'll want to hit

March your way through a month of tornado chasers, running down a rainbow, LEGO engineering, Vince Gill and polyester teenagers.   March your way through a month of tornado chasers, running down a rainbow, LEGO engineering, Vince Gill and polyester teenagers. March 6-8 'Hairspray JR.' Experience the wild antics of "Hairspray" as adapted for children in "Hairspray JR." read more

Benefits from raising U.S. minimum wage

Recently ("Minimum Politics," Feb. 25) The News-Gazette editors rejected calls by Gov. Pat Quinn and others to raise the state's minimum wage. In support, they cited a Congressional Budget Office estimate of 500,000 job losses if the federal minimum wage rose to $10.10. read more

Davis has money lead in 13th

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, who already had a substantial fundraising lead over both his Republican and Democratic challengers in Illinois' 13th Congressional District, has added to his advantage in the last week. Davis, a freshman Republican from Taylorville, has picked up $22,700 in campaign contributions in the last week, Federal Election Commission reports show. read more

Entertainment listings, March 6-13, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries. Special events This weekend read more

Top of the morning, March 6, 2014

"I look forward to it every year. It's good fun for a good cause." 100 days until Relay for Life Marge Probasco already has her outfit picked out for this year's Relay for Life of Champaign County: black poodle skirt, polka dot cardigan and, of course, a set of bunny ears. She is, after all, the captain of a team that goes by the name "Fisher Bunnies." read more

Moore, Illini have made Big Ten tourney run before

CHAMPAIGN — They won two games during the entire Big Ten race. They are entering the conference tournament as the lowest seed. And they are mired in a double-digit losing streak.Those are the distressing details on the current Illinois women’s basketball team, but we could just as well be referring to the 2010-11 Illini. CHAMPAIGN — They won two games during the entire Big Ten race. They are entering the conference tournament as the lowest seed. And they are mired in a double-

HQ prediction: Iowa 71, UI women 60

In the midst of their current 10-game losing streak, the Illini have fallen into a pattern of following a weak performance with a strong one, and vice versa. If the trend continues, look for Illinois to put up a much tougher fight against the Hawkeyes than they did Sunday. Sneak PeekIllinois vs. No. 23 Iowa,1:30 p.m. todayLineupsNO. 12 SEED ILLINOIS (9-20)STARTERSPos.    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPGG    Ivory Crawford    Jr.    5-10     14.4 read more

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