December 2004

December 2004

Tate: Margin of victory won''t spread cheer


Bill Lyon, a bright C-U native who turned columnist in Philadelphia, wrote a biting article recently about his Brotherly Lovers who showed displeasure with a close Eagles victory.

Three council candidates file as write-ins

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.

Brown bruised, not broken

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.

Police lodge program aids area senior citizens

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."

Opposites attract

A year ago, Missouri was a heavy favorite heading into the annual Braggin’ Rights game. How things have changed. What’s gone right for Illinois and what’s gone wrong for Missouri – on and off the court – since December 2003:

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 82, Illinois State 72

Hospital tax OK'd by agency

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.

Union files complaint against UI

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.

UI puts vet med students on 'tablet'

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.

Illinois rolls with punches vs. Redbirds

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.