November 2011

Fred Kroner chat today!

Who's on our All-Area football team? Who's looking good among area boys and girls basketball teams? Ask prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner, who is chatting online today at 12:30. Submit questions early by clicking here

THQ hopes Volition's 'Saints Row' boosts holiday sales

CHAMPAIGN — "Saints Row: The Third" — the latest game developed by Volition Inc. — launched this month, and Volition's parent company, THQ Inc., hopes it will boost sales in the all-important holiday period.

The video game is the third installment in the "Saints Row" franchise, which focuses on the Third Street Saints street gang and its fight against other criminal elements.

Most area legislative candidates file petitions

SPRINGFIELD — Almost all of the candidates who had been expected to file for state legislative seats this fall did so on Monday, the first day to submit petitions with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Candidates line up to file for Vermilion offices

DANVILLE — More than 25 candidates filed nominating petitions in the Vermilion County Clerk's office on Monday, the first day that candidates can file for the March primary ballot that will include races for five countywide offices and all 27 county board seats.

Final Prediction Standings - We Have A Winner!

While the Illinois weren't able to finish the season strong, dave1956 did.  Because of that, he wins a pair of Illini men's basketball tickets to the Big Ten game to his choice!  Congrats Dave!  Please send me an e-mail ( and we will get you set up with your tickets.  As for the other pair, a number of you have qualified for a chance to win.  I will have

EIU police seek help solving vandalism

CHARLESTON — The Eastern Illinois Police Department needs help finding whoever vandalized the Physical Science Building on Fourth Street in Charleston.

According to a police report, damage was discovered in some chemistry labs in the building early Friday afternoon.

Urbana moves forward on rules to shovel sidewalks

URBANA -- Officials acknowledge there might still be a few things to work out, but they gave preliminary approval on Monday to new regulations requiring property owners in certain areas to shovel their sidewalks.

Monday's highlights: Schmidt, Sabers squeak by Hawks

In girls' basketball

Oakwood 51, Chrisman 20. The visiting Comets, who led 15-0 after the first quarter, got a game-high 14 points from ANGELA ELLIOTT and 11 from MAKENZIE BAKER. Chrisman was led by SARAH ELLIS (nine points).

Koenning: 'We need every oar in the water'

CHAMPAIGN — He went to work Monday morning. Not at the crack of dawn. Vic Koenning wanted to see his kids off to school for a change.

Once he arrived at the Illinois football offices, the memories of being a head coach started to kick in for Koenning.

Police investigate incident in which officers used pepper spray

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said police are investigating an incident early Sunday in which officers used pepper spray outside a Champaign nightclub.

According to a police report, officers were called to Bradley's, 1906 W. Bradley Ave., C, at 1:35 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a fight.