August 2009

August 2009

Wisconsin names starting QB

 MADISON, Wis. — Fourth-year junior Scott Tolzien will get his first career start at quarterback when Wisconsin opens the season Saturday against Northern Illinois.

Confusing government with grubby politics

Scott Fawell, as remorseless as ever, gave citizens another dispiriting peek inside Illinois politics in a television interview last week.

The man who was former Gov. George Ryan's chief of staff and who was convicted in 2003 of racketeering and fraud, ended a long silence in a Chicago television interview last week.

Quinn made right decision to close Howe center

Gov. Pat Quinn made a gutsy but correct call last week when he decided to close the Howe Developmental Center.

In a decision that was years overdue, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday that the troubled Howe Developmental Center in south suburban Tinley Park would be closed by the end of next April.

Illinois football update

Tigers make move at safety, pick a kicker

Michigan coach denies allegations

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday that his football program has abided by NCAA rules, despite allegations from anonymous players and former players who say the team has practiced far beyond the time allowed.

Pieces are in place to solve Missouri

Missouri owns four straight football wins against Illinois in St. Louis, and has run up 92 points against two Ron Zook teams.

Danville council to decide on applying for beltway funds

DANVILLE - The Danville City Council will have its final say Tuesday night whether the city applies for a $45 million federal grant for the so-called beltline.

The long-studied, long-debated proposed highway would cross mostly farmland from Voorhees Street to Poland Road and provide direct access from Interstate 74 to land northeast of the city where economic development could occur.

Champaign council ponders towing fee to recover costs

CHAMPAIGN – Motorists whose cars are towed for violating public or private parking restrictions may face a new fee in Champaign.

The Champaign City Council will again discuss a proposed $25 towing administration fee, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the council chambers, 102 N. Neil St., C.

Construction to close Interstate 74 ramps at Ogden

OGDEN – Entrance and exit ramps on Interstate 74 at Ogden will be closed intermittently beginning today while construction work goes on.

Message boards will be placed on the interstate informing traffic which ramps are closed. Motorists are encouraged to use the exits at St. Joseph and Fithian as well as U.S. 150 to travel around the closures.

Study to focus on exercise, breast-cancer survivors

SPRINGFIELD – Can a breast-cancer survivor reduce her chances of the disease recurring if she starts exercising after finishing her treatments?

That's what Dr. Laura Rogers, a physician at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, hopes to learn in a study that will also address whether adding exercise after breast cancer treatment can improve quality of life and reduce sleeplessness and fatigue.