March 2012

Smooth move

CHAMPAIGN — Matt Bollant couldn't sleep Tuesday night. And it wasn't because he was nervous about being introduced the next morning as the new Illinois women's basketball coach.

"I woke up at 3 this morning, and my nose was pretty stuffed up," he said. "I went to Walgreens and got some cold medicine and came back and was able to sleep a little bit before we had to get up for the day."

Judge sets bond at $75,000 in home invasion case

URBANA — A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail following his arrest in connection with two crimes last year in Urbana.

Where Bollant fits in ... and what he needs to do

New Illinois women's basketball coach Matt Bollant has his work cut out for him at Illinois. For starters ...

The rankings

Bollant's teams at Green Bay were regulars in the Top 25, climbing as high as ninth this season. Illinois last cracked The Associated Press poll the week of Nov. 27, 2000.

The roster

Bollant reaction: 'It's a terrific hire'

What they were saying about Matt Bollant's move to Illinois:

Groce: 'It's a once in a lifetime opportunity'

Updated: 5:03 p.m.

Jalen James, the Class of 2013 point guard at La Lumiere Academy, said he remains tied to the Illini.

"I'm still committed to Illinois," James said.

James said he was looking forward to catching up with Groce after the coach was introduced today. He watched Groce's Ohio Bobcats in the NCAA tournament earlier this month.

In Thursday's newspaper: circuit clerk update, new UI women's coach, E3 magazine

In Thursday's paper, we've got an update on the county circuit clerk primary race, details on the new UI women's basketball coach and a look at the alt and indie rock scene in E3.

Meghan Firchau's garden planters made from repurposed concrete

The other day, Champaign resident Meghan Firchau emailed me with a garden DIY project she did with her husband's help. It's impressive, and looks every bit as good as those blocks you can buy at the home-improvement store.

Man charged with two felonies after standoff

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly fired a shot in the air in the presence of his girlfriend Tuesday has been charged with two felony offenses.

Sandbox politics can take its toll

The fight over the Republican nomination for circuit clerk in Champaign County is becoming a costly distraction for the GOP.

Champaign County Republicans have a problem on their hands, and how they address it could spell the difference between success and failure in the fall elections.

Fire sweeps through west Champaign apartment building

UPDATED 9:10 a.m.

CHAMPAIGN - A fire that destroyed a west Champaign apartment building has displaced several residents.

Fifteen occupants of building T in the Stonegate Village Apartments complex at 2403 W. Springfield Ave. got out safely as fire quickly spread from a first-floor apartment and up the outside of the building to the roof about 3:40 a.m.