December 2004

December 2004

Mahomet man facing charges in fatal wreck

URBANA – A Mahomet man has been criminally charged with causing the death of a Mahomet woman last month.

Richard Foley, 41, who listed an address in the 200 block of Franklin, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of reckless homicide alleging that he was under the influence of both alcohol and cannabis when he drove his pickup truck head-on into a car near Mahomet, causing the death of Cheryl Daube.

Bleill: Illini seniors grab Tigers by the tale

St. Louis

As a prep star in Valrico, Fla., Illinois center Nick Smith didn''t know the Braggin'' Rights from the Miranda rights.

Some return home after evacuations

PARIS, Ill. – Barbara Carter was sharing experiences with neighbors at the Crestwood School around noon Wednesday after being evacuated due to a chemical spill near her home in the Payne subdivision.

"There was a pretty good rap on the door," said Carter, 80. "They briefly explained that there had been a train derailment and that we needed to leave. Then a firetruck with a bullhorn came along and told everyone to get out immediately."

Who''s that Illini?

I played for the Illini from 1945 through 1948 after starring at Elgin High School. I captained UI''s team as a senior and also was the MVP. Only Dike Eddleman scored more points than I did during the 1947-48 season, a campaign in which I earned second-team All-Big Ten honors. When it came to shooting free throws, none of my teammates shot as well as I did. I stayed in basketball after leaving Illinois, playing in the NBA for three seasons, then I coached prep ball at Evanston High for 25 years. Today I live in Glenview and celebrate my 78th birthday.

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.

Urbana clerk: Candidate can't be reinstated

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.

Tiger tangles

Tonight''s Braggin'' Rights game is the 24th since Illinois and Missouri took their series to St. Louis. A look back at the first 23:

Who''s that Illini

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.

Groups fighting agency layoffs

SPRINGFIELD – Bill Wengelewski has worked as a natural resources coordinator at Starved Rock State Park for seven years, leading guided hikes, impersonating a 17th-century French voyageur and teaching 20,000 students and countless members of the public about history, ecology, snakes, rocks, insects, trees and wildlife.

"Much of what I've done has been hands-on things that the teachers themselves are unable to do," he said. "We're talking about science and math scores dropping. I'm frustrated because here I am teaching science in a hands-on way, and that's not valued."