March 2012

March 2012

Savoy commission recommends denial for day care move

SAVOY — A project to relocate a day care center took a hit this week when it failed to gain the backing of a village advisory panel.

The Savoy Planning Commission recommended 4-2, with one member absent, to deny granting a special-use permit and rezoning the site from C-3, community commercial, to C-2, neighborhood commercial, for the facility.

Champaign wants to replace bus building with bond issue

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign school district's transportation center houses a fleet of 59 buses and more than 90 employees.

But don't try to get all the employees in the facility's break room — they've tried it and don't fit, even with people crouching and squeezing, said Christine Goines, a dispatcher who's worked for the school district for 17 years.

Illini get their man: Bollant

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.

Illini can't hold off Redbirds

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.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Unity remains unbeaten

In baseball

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.

Tate: Search spinning out of control

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.

What they're saying

Illinois' freshmen weighed in on the coaching search, casting their vote for interim coach Jerrance Howard, who appreciated the support. A look:

Tracy Abrams
Let J. Howard run the show

Nnanna Egwu
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

Kroner's spring preview: Softball



Kroner's spring preview: Baseball

Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner's five area teams to keep an eye on:


St. Joseph-Ogden

Urbana school board chooses least disruptive option for changing elementary attendance areas

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.