December 2008

Big Ten honors Meacham

UI senior Trent Meacham was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday for helping Illinois beat Missouri and Eastern Michigan.


Spanish teacher's students to teach Latino community

CHAMPAIGN – When Montserrat Oliveras-Heras teaches Spanish at Parkland College, she wants to create as many opportunities for her students to speak the language as possible.

But the conversations in the classroom can be pretty artificial. She wanted to have her students talk with Latinos living in the community, in a way that would benefit both groups.

So next fall, one of her Spanish classes will teach basic computer skills to Latino residents of Shadowwood Mobile Home park in north Champaign. All the training will be done in Spanish, helping her students learn the language in a real-life situation. In addition to the training, residents will get computers and software to use.


Web is where it's at for these twin brothers at UI

CHAMPAIGN – Ryan and Ashton Clark spend a lot of time churning out ideas for Web-based businesses.

In the past seven years, the 20-year-old twin brothers – both juniors at the University of Illinois – have formed more than a dozen such ventures, with products ranging from online music to sports apparel to parking-place reservations.


Impeachment panel has hands full

Gathering sufficient evidence to justify removing a governor from office is a hugely complicated business.

It's important for the public to remember that the ongoing impeachment process involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is a political, not a judicial, process. There are huge differences.


Hoopster stays on road to recovery

It can be a long, bumpy road for alcohol abusers.

Former University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith was back in Champaign County Circuit Court last week, winning plaudits all around for his so-far successful battle with alcoholism.


Illini know challenges only get tougher

CHAMPAIGN – Heading into this season, folks weren't sure what to expect from Illinois.

After 13 games, that's still the case, and the uncertainty extends to the head coach.


Memory Lane: UI 76, Purdue 52 in '84

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTE AND THE MEMORIES OF JIM TURPIN.

This week: A look back at Lou Henson's Illini's 76-52 win against Purdue on Jan. 21, 1984, one step in the team's path to a Big Ten title.


Tony Bleill's AP Women's Top 25 ballot

How News-Gazette staff writer Tony Bleill voted in this week's Associated Press Women's Top 25 poll:


Police seek women accused of cashing counterfeit checks

Champaign County Crimestoppers and Rantoul police this week are seeking help in finding three people believed to be involved in a fraudulent check cashing scheme.

Rantoul police were sent to a local business on Nov. 1 on a report that they had received several counterfeit checks. Investigation showed three people were responsible for cashing counterfeit paychecks at the business.


Champaign County seeks better ways to help young offenders

URBANA – Urbana police get called about five times a month to deal with youths in trouble, who then, along with their parents, meet with juvenile officers.

They are called "station adjustments" – a system designed to keep youths with first-time, minor offenses out of the criminal system.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said local authorities are talking about ways to improve the system. One idea being discussed is a countywide center for assessing and meeting the needs of juvenile criminals and their families.