With Lonnie Hurst out for the season and Kelvin Hayden missing against Iowa, Eric McGoey is working at receiver after spending most of the year at safety.
"As far as going back to receiver, I''m fine," McGoey said. "I''ve been here too long. I don''t forget it.
CHAMPAIGN – There's now a painless alternative to the flu shot, but local health services aren't rushing to use it.
The Champaign County Public Health Department said the nasal mist FluMist is both too expensive and too untried. The health department offers flu vaccine shots the next two Mondays between 9 a.m. and 5 a.m. at 710 N. Neil St., C, for $15.
IOWA CITY, Iowa – You lose four-fifths of a championship offensive line. You lose the Heisman Trophy runner-up. You lose the nation''s best tight end. You lose two All-Big Ten defenders.
So how many wins can you count on the next season? Three, four, maybe five.
URBANA – University of Illinois students were told Thursday they'll pay an additional 5 percent to 10 percent in tuition next year.
UI officials held two town hall meetings Thursday to talk to students about the budget situation, the UI's budget priorities and tuition and fee increases for next year.
SPRINGFIELD – Late Thursday, Commonwealth Edison released a new version of a fast-track bill the company is pushing in advance of its proposed purchase of Illinois Power.
Exelon Corp. and Dynegy, the parent companies of the two utilities, are in exclusive talks for the sale, which would give ComEd control of 85 percent of the state's electricity market.
PEORIA – Part of Shaun Livingston will be happy just to end it.
When the Peoria Central star announces his college choice – probably in the middle of next week – it will mark the end of a long recruiting race, and, if nothing else, a dip in Livingston''s cellphone bill.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois freshman Audrey Tabon would like to work for National Geographic one day, exploring cultures across the globe.
Lately, she''s spent much of her time exploring the inside of the Ubben Basketball Complex.
URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital and Provena Covenant Medical Center are defending their debt-collection practices after both were featured prominently in a Wall Street Journal story Thursday about how hospitals pursue patients who don't pay their bills.
The story focused largely on Urbana-based Carle as an aggressive collector of its patients' long overdue debts, but it identified both hospitals as having permitted the use of so-called "body attachment" procedures that involve the arrest of overdue debtors who don't show up in court.
Bruce Weber is in, Bill Self and Brian Cook are out, and yet not much has changed with Illinois basketball.
At least the nation''s coaches don''t think so.
RANTOUL – In an eleventh-hour move Thursday night, Rantoul teachers, administration and board members agreed on terms of a one-year contract.
"We have an agreement and it was a total surprise," said Rantoul City Schools Education Association President Christie Fiedler today. "There was no movement since July, then last night the mediators talked to us, they talked to the board, they talked to our chief negotiator and the union representative, and we got an agreement."