June 2011

Westerlund's UI team camp news & notes

Vic Law gets straight to the point when describing his role on St. Rita.

"I'm kind of a wild card, you know," said Law, a 6-foot-6 rising sophomore forward. "How I go, the team usually goes. Whatever I can do to help the team win is good."

Jalen James commits to Illini

Jalen James, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Chicago Hope, has given a verbal commitment to Illinois. 



Oakwood graduate picked for leadership spot at Danville school

DANVILLE — An Oakwood High School graduate is the newest member of the Danville School District's leadership team.

Off-duty officer, nurses help when student collapses in basketball game

CHAMPAIGN — A Findlay teenager was listed in stable condition Wednesday at a Peoria hospital after he was resuscitated by an off-duty Champaign police officer and two nurses at a summer league basketball game at Parkland College.

Electrical line break caused fire in Philo

PHILO — A broken electrical line led to a fire in downtown Philo Tuesday night.

According to Philo Fire Chief Mike McHenry, a power line behind the post office at 126 W. Washington St. broke shortly after 6 p.m. and fell on top of some residential rental units next door.

Our position on pre-publication review

The following comment appeared on a blog post by our features writer Meg Dickinson recently. I thought it was worth addressing.

Crews tackle downed tree limbs, power lines

Work crews spent much of Wednesday cleaning up after strong winds blew down trees, limbs and power lines around the area on Tuesday evening.

Urbana Public Works Operations Manager Rich Coyne said straight line winds knocked down between nine and 12 trees and several power lines in the city.

5 O'Clock Shadow

News you can't leave work without:

College football is growing, with eight schools starting programs this fall.

It's Anderson vs. Djokovic

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Former Illini Kevin Anderson clinched a spot opposite second-seeded Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.

Group fights Social Security cuts, higher retirement age

CHAMPAIGN — After three consecutive careers in social work, human resources and teaching English as a second language, Connie Georgoulis was glad to cut back to part-time teaching at age 62 and rely on Social Security to help support her.

Her 35-year-old son may have to wait a lot longer to retire, though.