March 2004

March 2004

Study looks at business prospects in airport area

SAVOY – Don't look for any major convention centers, trucking companies or air freight businesses around the University of Illinois Willard Airport any time soon, according to an area planner.

A preliminary study by the U.S. 45 Corridor Steering Committee indicates that the airport doesn't generate enough traffic to influence the construction of major hotels, convention centers and industrial development.

Tate: Illini power play depends on Powell

CHAMPAIGN – In his long-range planning, Bruce Weber would like to construct an Illini quintet that adheres to Top 25 size standards: big and intimidating.

Forced by personnel idiosyncrasies to favor a three-guard lineup now, Weber is obliged to cover physical shortcomings with speed.

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:

Gill will face Johnson

CHAMPAIGN – At the end of an evening spent with friends in their Champaign home, David Gill allowed himself the luxury of thinking he might just get what he asked for.

"It's still a long shot, but now it seems within the realm of possibility," Gill said of his quest to dethrone U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, the two-term incumbent and former state representative who has yet to lose an election in 15 tries.

Sneak peek

Want to know who''ll advance from the Atlanta Regional? Who has no chance of winning their first-round game? Brett Dawson provides the scoop on this week''s action at four sites:

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.