CHAMPAIGN – Candidacy filings Wednesday by three write-in candidates for the Champaign City Council guarantees that there will be a Feb. 22 primary in Districts 1 and 3.
And the list of write-in candidates in those districts could grow longer in coming weeks, depending on the outcome of objections to the nominating petitions of five city council candidates.
ST. LOUIS – You could sense the tension. You could hear the worried buzz swirling around Planet Orange.
Dee Brown, he of those infamous stress fractures, was hobbling.
CHAMPAIGN – Pamela Hurt and her son, Neil, loaded their van with food baskets to deliver to needy senior citizens Wednesday.
"I have had seniors cry when they get their food basket," Hurt said. "They really do appreciate it."
URBANA – A clerical workers' union has filed an unfair labor charge against the University of Illinois.
Jerry Wright, the lead negotiator for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3700 said the local filed the complaint Monday with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board because talks that began in May have stalled.
SPRINGFIELD – On the last possible day, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Illinois' proposed hospital tax plan, enabling the state to capture a much-needed $430 million boost in federal funds.
The proposal to tax Illinois hospitals $84.19 per occupied bed per day was approved by the General Assembly in late 2003 and signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich back in February 2004, but the law could not be implemented without federal approval.
Tamara Gossman has stopped doing the "binder shuffle."
The second-year student from Burlington no longer needs to keep track of the voluminous amount of printed class notes University of Illinois veterinary students are issued, and which part of the collection she needs to haul with her on a given day.
URBANA – Urbana Republican Damien Rend's indecision about whether to run for mayor of Urbana may have cost him a chance to be on the ballot.
Rend, 28, filed last week to run for mayor of Urbana as a Republican and he turned out to be the only GOP candidate for the office. But last Thursday, he got cold feet, went to the Urbana city clerk's office and filed a form officially withdrawing from the race.
NORMAL – Illinois State''s women''s basketball team opened Tuesday''s game against Illinois with a flurry of punches that would have staggered any team and floored many of them.
That the Illini managed to survive and eventually find the path to a closer-than-it-looks 82-72 victory in front of 2,970 at Redbird Arena no doubt will serve to make the Illini''s holiday a pleasant one.
I was one of the University of Illinois'' famed Whiz Kids, lettering four seasons over a six-year span. Like many of my teammates, I served in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Only 10% of us survived that deadly battle. On the court, I was known as a brilliant floor leader and as the team''s most tenacious defender. The first two Illini teams on which I played won back-to-back Big Ten titles under Coach Doug Mills. After graduating, I played 118 games in the NBA and scored 726 points. I died in 2000, and today marks the 82nd anniversary of my birth.