September 2005

September 2005

No rest for dreary Illini

CHAMPAIGN – What happens when your football team gives up 61 points in a game? Start with a restless night.

"It wasn't much of a night," Illinois coach Ron Zook said. "It was a long night. I've been there before. I'm sure I'll be there again."

Champaign sets up clinic in October

CHAMPAIGN – School officials say hundreds of Champaign students haven't yet complied with state rules requiring them to file health records at their schools.

To make compliance easier for everyone, the district has scheduled a clinic from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 for physicals and immunizations. Services will be free, said Ecomet Burley, assistant superintendent for pupil services, who says he's worried about the number of children on the noncompliance list this year.

Who's that Illini?

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.

General assistance cases jump

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.

Black will not run for Illinois Senate

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.

Letter rip

This week's comments from readers:

Consumers urged to watch for fraud

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,, 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 and local police.

The day after

A look back at Michigan State and look ahead at Iowa:

Former Illini in the NFLt

Here's how ex-Illini fared on Sunday:

On the road

I'm writing this on the road -- from a hostel near Harpers Ferry, WV. My friend Mark and I are completing a section of the Appalachian Trail from 80 miles south of Harpers Ferry to 40 miles north.