Anthony Zilis

Anthony Zilis

Orpheum all set to drop into New Year

CHAMPAIGN — The clock was ticking toward noon on New Year's Eve, and Xander Hazel was ready for his first balloon drop last year at the Orpheum Children's Museum's theater when a brief moment of panic set in.

Laying down the law, final installment: Department of Corrections visits

Today, in the fifth and final installment of our series spotlighting some of the 200-plus laws set to change statewide in 2019, ANTHONY ZILIS looksat HB 4741, which amends Illinois' rules for corrections visits.

WHAT CHANGES?

Laying down the law: Protecting the Mahomet Aquifer

With the new year just about here, News-Gazette Media's Anthony Zilis this week will spotlight five of the 200-plus laws set to change statewide in 2019.

Laying down the law: Required black history

With the new year just about here, News-Gazette Media's Anthony Zilis this week will spotlight five of the 200-plus laws set to change statewide in 2019.

Laying down the law: The Child Passenger Protection Act

With the new year just about here, News-Gazette Media's Anthony Zilis this week will spotlight five of the 200-plus laws set to change statewide in 2019.

TODAY: The Child Passenger Protection Act, an amended version of a measure that dates back to 1983.

Many taking advantage of an unusually warm December

An unfamiliar sound for the season will come from the University of Illinois golf course sometime in the next few days — the hum of the lawnmower cutting the grass on the Orange and Blue Course greens.

"That's unheard of in December," Illinois golf course director Mike Wallner said.

Spotlight on new state laws: All firearms purchases

With the new year just about here, News-Gazette Media's ANTHONY ZILIS this week will spotlight four of the 200-plus of laws set to change statewide in 2019.

FIRST UP: SB 3256, which mandates a 72-hour waiting period for all firearm purchases.

WHAT CHANGES?

Fans give UI volleyball team spirited send-off on last leg of epic run

CHAMPAIGN — The year was 1987, and then-Illinois junior and Illini Pride member Thomas Durbin was tasked with creating an "Orange Krush for volleyball."

So Durbin had 50 T-shirts printed, garnered support from a few sponsors, and set up in the Kenney Gym stands behind the opposing team's bench.

Longtime Illinois volleyball fans happy to share road to Final Four

MINNEAPOLIS — Rick Borup and Cindy Duffy have occupied seats at Huff Hall for Illinois volleyball games for decades. Their fandom goes back to the mid-'80s, and when their son, Daniel, was a baby, they took him to games in a carrier.

Thursday's Final Four in Minneapolis will be special for the family in multiple ways.

Today, Huff Hall's the place to be

CHAMPAIGN — The excuse notes have been written. The pleas have been issued to students and the public. The preparations have been made with regards to parking and the on-campus traffic of cars and bodies midday on a Friday.

Now, it's time to see how the Illinois volleyball team's strange 11 a.m. weekday start time for its Sweet 16 match against Marquette works out.

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