March 2004

Healthy Spring leads UI into Big Ten meet

CHAMPAIGN – By definition, roommates tend to know things others don''t, which partly explains why Adam Pummer isn''t going to give up Justin Spring''s secrets without a fight.

Pummer has borne witness to his Illinois gymnastics teammate taking risks on many occasions. And if people hang around the Illini''s training facilities long enough, they''ll see for themselves.


Illini Insider

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s weekly review and preview of Illinois sports:


Scouting report

For the real scoop on Murray State, we talked to Travis Ford. His Eastern Kentucky team played the Racers twice during the season, losing 82-71 and 94-70. Here are his thoughts:


Weber won''t let underdog surprise Illini

Kent Williams remembers the timeout like it was yesterday.

Williams and his Southern Illinois teammates huddled around their coach, Bruce Weber, and though they were being blasted in the second round of the NCAA tournament and though Weber couldn''t have been happy with the direction things were going, an eerie calm surrounded the Saluki bench.


Judge contest goes to Ladd

URBANA – No parties for Judge Heidi Ladd, even after winning more votes to fill John DeLaMar's seat on the Champaign County bench than her two opponents combined.

Ladd, an associate judge since 1999, won 9,329 votes in the Republican primary race, or 69 percent. Two experienced attorneys, Traci Nally and Brian L. McPheters, had 2,150 and 2,130 votes, respectively.


Tuscola receives home rule powers

TUSCOLA – The Tuscola City Council is expected to vote on Monday to adopt a new half-cent sales tax, after city voters approved a ballot question giving the council home rule powers.

"Monday's vote will just be a formality," said City Manager Drew Hoel. "The city council has been unanimous in its support for this."


Douglas GOP backs Nolan for state's attorney

TUSCOLA – Douglas County Republicans decided a spring change would do them good on Tuesday night, when they nominated a newcomer for state's attorney over an incumbent who was seeking her third four-year term.

Unofficial vote totals show Kevin Nolan, 38, of Champaign defeating Diane Sipich 1,296 to 964.


In Dems corner, it's Donahue

DANVILLE – Former Vermilion County assistant state's attorney William Donahue edged out another former Vermilion County assistant state's attorney Tuesday night for the chance to take on the incumbent state's attorney, Republican Frank Young, in November.

Donahue of Danville beat out Sandra Hoth of Danville in the Democratic Party primary race by 293 votes – 1,958 to 1,665.


Northrup victorious in coroner race

URBANA – Duane Northrup will get a new badge and a promotion in December, moving up from deputy coroner to coroner, thanks to a win in Tuesday's primary.

Northrup defeated Don Crozier for the Republican Party nomination for the Champaign County coroner's position being vacated by Roger Swaney.


When No. 12 meets No. 5 strange things often happen

When tournament time rolls around, anything can happen. Illinois reserve forward Jack Ingram knows that.

Ingram was a member of 12th-seeded Tulsa when it upset No. 5 seed Marquette in 2002 in St. Louis. It was a big win for In-gram and the Hurricane, but NCAA tournament history reveals it''s not uncommon.