News you can't leave work without:
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster says he and the school have agreed to a two-year contract extension.
Defensive lineman working on grades at junior college
URBANA – An Urbana man who's in jail on a cannabis trafficking charge is in more hot water with authorities after a second shipment of cannabis addressed to his home arrived in town this week.
Jerry D. Tatman, 53, of the 1900 block of Brownfield Road was charged Friday with an additional count of cannabis trafficking – a so-called Super X felony carrying 12 to 60 years in prison upon conviction.
Illinois men's basketball recruit Jereme Richmond is one of three Waukegan players suspended for a game tonight, apparently due to their involvement in a fight at the school, according to a report.
What's wrong with the Illini?
There's such a fine line between winning teams and losing teams. Just a few plays here and there can make or break a season. I think they need more consistency across the board, and that's maybe one of the hardest things for anyone, especially a younger player. They might've had a false sense of where they were at earlier in the year. Right now, they've gotta just get some confidence back and play like they have nothing to lose.
PEORIA – The federal judge who has presided over the Champaign Unit 4 school district's consent decree to address educational inequities for minority children has announced he'll be taking senior status.
In a letter sent to news reporters Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade of Peoria announced he'll move to senior status March 1.
Designer Ping Wu, who lived in Urbana and has been on the newest season of "Project Runway," was eliminated on last night's episode.
(See more about the show here.)
But even though she's no longer in the running on the show, she'll still be featured in Sunday's News-Gazette. Here's what she had to say earlier this week (before her elimination ran) about winning: