CHAMPAIGN — The "Blue Kids" will be back out in the local community, starting Thursday and Friday.
But local authorities hope the wooden, kid-shaped cutouts will do more than serve as silent witnesses of the victims of child abuse and neglect.
Real signs of suspected child abuse and neglect should be reported, so they can be investigated.
DANVILLE — Almost every day, Ed Hamilton stuffs a plastic bag or two in his back pocket and takes a 3-mile walk in his neighborhood, picking up trash he sees along the way.
CHAMPAIGN — Matt Bollant, who guided the Green Bay women's basketball team to a 31-2 record and into the second round of the NCAA tournament this season, is expected to be named the head coach at Illinois today, multiple sources told The News-Gazette.
NORMAL — Willie Argo and his Illinois teammates thought things were going their way in the first inning against Illinois State, but the Illini's fortunes changed quickly Tuesday.
Unity 11, Fisher 5. CONNER GRACE (two triples), SPENCER SHUMAKER (two RBI) and SETH TOLLIVER each had three hits for the unbeaten Rockets (6-0), who got three RBI apiece from AARON LARSON and AUSTIN FENDER. Larson also struck out 10 in the win.
Parker Perrero (three RBI) and Taw Fredrickson each had two hits for the Bunnies.
CHAMPAIGN — If we were fair, we'd give a new Illini basketball coach, whatever his name, a slap on the back.
If we had an ounce of respect for the process, we wouldn't bury the athletic director for making us wait until our fingernails are chewed down. But that's not the mind-set these days. Basketball is our passion, and we've taken a collective dive off the upper balcony.
Illinois' freshmen weighed in on the coaching search, casting their vote for interim coach Jerrance Howard, who appreciated the support. A look:
Let J. Howard run the show
Last two workouts have been great with coach Howard. He would make a great head coach. They might as well make him our new head coach
Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner's five area teams to keep an eye on:
URBANA – The Urbana school board voted Tuesday to choose the least disruptive plan for changing elementary attendance boundaries.
It was approved by a voice vote, which means board members did not vote individually, although Board President John Dimit estimated the vote was 5-2.