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.
News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s weekly review and preview of Illinois sports:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sanitary sewers won't be coming to Sidney any time soon, and the prospects for Philo are in doubt.
Sidney voters soundly rejected, by a 225-93 vote, an advisory ballot question Tuesday over the creation of a $6.1 million sanitary sewer system.
FARMER CITY – Voters on Tuesday approved a referendum proposal for Blue Ridge schools that increased the education fund tax rate by $1.10.
And supporters of the schools celebrated at Farmer City's Victory Christian Center, where they waited for results Tuesday from DeWitt, McLean and Piatt counties. The district's schools are at Farmer City, Bellflower and Mansfield.