March 2010

March 2010

Richmond wins Mr. Basketball

Illinois recruit Jereme Richmond has been named Mr. Basketball. Centennial's Rayvonte Rice was second in the voting, and Illinois recruit Meyers Leonard was third.

Champaign man faces apartment burglary charge

URBANA – A Champaign man has been charged with residential burglary after he was found inside an apartment in Champaign early Wednesday.

Christopher Burt, 19, who listed an address in the 500 block of South Fourth Street, is accused of entering an apartment in the 400 block of East Healey Street about 2:40 a.m.

Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis said the man living there went to the bathroom and, when he came out, saw Burt in his apartment holding a laptop computer and a phone.

Two Urbana men charged with home invasion

URBANA – Two Urbana men have been charged with home invasion in unrelated cases for entering the homes of former girlfriends without permission.

Andrew Bready , 21, who listed an address in the 1100 block of North Coler Avenue, is accused of entering a home in the 1400 block of East Silver Street about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday and beating a man there.

Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis said Bready called his former girlfriend about 1:30 a.m. saying he was coming over but she told him not to.

Weber on Simpson

Roster movement is a topic worth following this time of year. One player that seems up in the air is Stan Simpson, the 6-foot-10 forward that logged just 17 minutes in his second season at Illinois. Today, Bruce Weber allowed that he's uncertain about Simpson's future.

"I had a meeting with him. He was at weights (Tuesday)," Weber said. "We'll just have to wait and see as the spring goes along where he kind of sits and stands with us and his own thoughts."

Pesky potholes

Here's a look at some stories appearing in Thursday's paper.

Champaign public works crews are having a harder time than usual fighting a pesky perennial problem — potholes. This is one of the worst years on record, and the situation is no better in Urbana and Danville, Pat Wade and Tracy Moss report.

Deb Pressey reports that Carle Clinic buildings will open Thursday under a new name — Carle Physician Group — after the sale of the clinic to Carle Foundation Hospital became final.

Temperatures to approach early Summer-like levels...

It’s just what the “Weather Doctor” ordered:  a windy, warm and dry spell of weather which continues through Friday.

Former Illini target to transfer

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Southeast Conference's newcomer of the year is leaving South Carolina.

The school announced Wednesday that freshman Kelsey Bone has decided to transfer. An athletics spokeswoman said Bone is still enrolled in the university but decided it was in her best interest to leave and doesn't plan to talk to reporters.

All-decade clarification

It seems that there is some confusion and misunderstanding about what encompasses inclusion for the 19-sport All-Decade teams, which we have been publishing every Monday and will continue to do so through May 10.

What seemed obvious to me may not be that clear to others. The decade started on Jan. 1, 2000 and ended on Dec. 31, 2009. Period. What happened during those weeks and months is taken into account and what occurred prior to or thereafter is not considered.

Carle Clinic is in its final day; tomorrow: Carle Physician Group

URBANA — As of Thursday, the Carle Clinic name will be history. So will the clinic’s longtime status as a for-profit group physician practice.

The $250 million sale of the clinic system to not-for-profit Carle Foundation Hospital is being finalized Wednesday, and clinic buildings are set to open their doors Thursday morning under a new name, Carle Physician Group, according to Carle spokeswoman Jennifer Hendricks.

Last day for kindergarten registration

Attention parents of 5-year-olds in Champaign: today is the last day of kindergarten registration under Unit 4's controlled-choice system.

Registration will continue until 4:30 p.m. at the Family Information Center, 405 E. Clark St., C.

Director Hattie Paulk said traffic was fairly steady this morning with families who "realize it's the last day." Close to 600 children have registered for kindergarten so far this month, though she didn't have an exact count.