March 2012

March 2012

'Blue Kids' coming back to raise awareness of child abuse, neglect

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.

University Group buying 17 Barr buildings

CHAMPAIGN — The University Group has agreed to acquire Barr Real Estate's apartments on and around the University of Illinois campus.

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.