I was a starter on three Big Ten volleyball championship teams (1986, 1987, 1988), earning the Big Ten player of the year award in 1987. Third all time in career kills with 1,669, I'm the only Illinois player to wear the number 17. After earning second-team All-American honors in three straight years (1987, '88, '89), I played in the now-defunct Women's Professional Volleyball Association for two years along with a stint as an assistant coach at Auburn.
CHAMPAIGN – A five-fold increase in the number of poor people receiving general assistance is prompting the City of Champaign Township supervisor to ask for $228,000 in budget amendments.
City of Champaign Township Supervisor Linda Abernathy warns that she expects the township to plow through most of its general assistance reserve funds by the end of the fiscal year, next June 30.
DANVILLE – State Rep. Bill Black announced Sunday he will not run for the Illinois Senate in 2006.
Instead, he will run again for the House of Representatives seat he has held for more than two decades.
This week's comments from readers:
Consumers might want to monitor their checking accounts a bit more closely and be wary of cashing certain checks in light of several warnings issued about a Web site which allows people to create their own checks.
At the Web site, www.qchex.com, registered participants can create and issue checks for a fee. But the Web site, which is owned by Neovi Data Corporation, does not investigate or verify any of the transactions, warned the Federal Deposit Insurance.com.any and local police.
A look back at Michigan State and look ahead at Iowa:
Here's how ex-Illini fared on Sunday:
CHAMPAIGN – Taking a sick child to the doctor this month: Free.
Taking a sick child to the doctor starting next month: $24.25.
CHAMPAIGN – Freshman Emily Zurrer headed in a goal off a corner kick in the 104th minute Sunday as the Illinois women's soccer team improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 3-2 victory against Wisconsin at Illini Field.
The Illini, who let a 2-0 lead slip away in the second half, were redeemed in the second overtime period, when Zurrer redirected a corner kick from defender Christen Karniski for the goal.