April 2005

Mayors get immersed in liquor laws

ST. JOSEPH – B. J. Hackler has been St. Joseph's mayor for 24 years, but he gained a new title when he was elected for a seventh term on April 5.

When village residents approved a ballot question ending the prohibition of alcohol sales, Hackler also became liquor commissioner.


A program that 'changes lives'

CHAMPAIGN – About 15 years ago, Bill Pierce and his wife were on the brink of divorce. The Champaign couple had been married about 15 years and had two children.

Pierce, a Christie Clinic podiatrist, said he was hurting those closest to him with his harsh words.


Tate: Second chance good for Garrett

CHAMPAIGN – Cyrus Garrett was stuck so deep in Ron Turner''s doghouse he couldn''t see the light of day.

Displeased with Garrett''s attitude and work ethic, the former Illini coach wouldn''t let the then-sophomore report with the football team in Rantoul last fall. And that didn''t change later when Garrett failed to meet Turner''s conditioning standard. Garrett sat out the entire season.


The compeititions

Saturday''s spring game went a long way to deciding who will be in the Illinois starting lineup for the 2005 opener. Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen offers his take on 10 key position battles:


At least one UI team beat everyone in the nation

If only North Carolina had entered a team.

But even if the Tar Heels were absent this month at the 29th annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest in Shanghai, China, John Carrino, Steve Downing and Jeff Tamer did the University of Illinois proud.


Gimme 5

Brian Dietz, who covers the NFL for The News-Gazette, delivers his best and worst of former Illini in the NFL:


Dawson: You have questions, I have answers

We won''t forget it anytime soon, this most miraculous of college basketball seasons.

It gave us great games, including – but hardly limited to – a national championship game that gave us a true rarity, a Monday night meeting between the nation''s top two teams. One that lived up to the hype, no less.


Illini have outright title in view

MINNEAPOLIS – Winning a share of a ninth consecutive Big Ten men''s tennis title certainly is cause for celebration, but Illinois coach Craig Tiley kept it simple Saturday night.

"They''re watching a movie in the van," Tiley said after his team beat Minnesota 4-3 to earn a share of the league title. The Illini can win outright at Iowa today.


Rohde saves best for last

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Not even the cold and miserable conditions Saturday could keep the action from being hot in the Illinois baseball team''s doubleheader split against Indiana.

Illinois took the first game 4-3 in dramatic fashion when sophomore designated hitter Mike Rohde hit a two-out grand slam in the top of the seventh inning. Illinois dropped the second game in heartbreaking fashion, 14-13.


Saturday''s three stars

Standouts from Saturday''s scrimmage: