March 2012

Romney gets big win but still has a way to go

Mitt Romney got a big win, but he's still not the undisputed winner.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's big win in Tuesday's Illinois primary election gave his campaign a needed boost, and GOP power brokers have since tried to add to his momentum by suggesting Romney is the party's inevitable nominee.


UPDATED: UI's Hogan resigns; Easter is president-designate

Updated 3:50 p.m. Thursday

Embattled University of Illinois President Michael Hogan has resigned and Robert Easter will take the job in July.

Hogan was named the 18th president of the UI in May 2010. Before that he had served as president of the seven-campus University of Connecticut.


New TB at record low in Illinois, but state still ranks high for new cases

New tuberculosis cases were at an all-time low in Illinois last year, but the state still had the fifth-highest number of cases in the nation, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.


Woman to hospital after two-car crash

SEYMOUR — A Monticello woman was being treated at Carle Foundation Hospital Thursday morning following a two-car collision at a rural intersection in western Champaign County.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Mennenga said Tanya Smith-Wood, 34, sustained facial injuries when her car and another collided at an unmarked intersection about 2 miles south of Seymour at 9:45 a.m.


Virgil Wikoff, C-U servant

A former Champaign council member, mayor and state legislator, Virgil Wikoff was a man of many interests and talents.

There are those who are active in their communities, and others who take it a step further and become leaders.

Virgil Wikoff, who died March 16 at 85, was a leader in every sense of the word.


Where Does Illinois Rank In The College Basketball World?

Working off of lists is always kind of dangerous when it comes to trying to make a judgement on just about anything in this world.  The reason it is tough is because the lists being discussed are always subjective to the opinion of the person doing the list.  Everything from the 10 most powerful people in the world...to the 100 most beautiful people in the world...and everything in be


EIU narrows list in coaching search

CHAMPAIGN - The finalists for EIU basketball's head coaching job includes a familiar name.

Former Rantoul star and current Xavier assistant Kareem Richardson is among the candidates to replace Mike Miller in Charleston, according to sources involved with the search.


Arrest on warrant leads to drug charges

UPDATED 4:25 p.m.

URBANA — Urbana police arrested a man they knew to be wanted on a civil warrant and later found drugs at an apartment where he was staying.


Dems haven't targeted 13th District in Illinois; results still up in air

Five Republican congressional districts in Illinois have been identified as potential Democratic takeover targets, but the new 13th Congressional District that includes Champaign-Urbana isn't one of them.


Digging honeysuckle stumps is a surprisingly effective stress buster

After work the other evening, I went outside, planning to do a little light weeding.