The News-Gazette

The News-Gazette

Tuesday's UI roundup: Illini begin home slate on right note

URBANA — Emily Oestreich needed some help from her teammates on the Illinois softball team to record a win in the final home opener of her Illini career.

The help arrived in the fourth inning.

The Illini brought across five runs in the frame, wiping out an early deficit, and pulled away from there for a 9-4 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday afternoon at Eichelberger Field in Urbana.

Girls' soccer statistical leaders: March 20, 2019


Bre. Benson, Mahomet-Seymour 4

Bro. Benson, Mahomet-Seymour 3

Koerner, Mahomet-Seymour 3

Wade, Mahomet-Seymour 3

Briseno, Urbana 2

Duran, Urbana 2

Jancola, Judah Christian 2

Ruckman, University High 2

Alexander, Central 1

Ellis, Danville 1

Kasten, Central 1

Lester, Mahomet-Seymour 1

Editorial | Bike-sharing expansion

In its first seven months in C-U, the bike vendor VeoRide Inc. reported 14,800 unique bike riders and 165,000 total bike rides — during some of the worst bike-riding months of the year. Now it is about to convert many of its bikes to electric models and hopes to expand the number of bikes in town.

Area history, March 20, 2019

Today is Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, the University of Illinois trustees decided to increase the physical training requirements for women from one year to two years. They also changed the name from the Department of Physical Training to the Department of Physical Education.

Frerichs throws support behind bill on pot-friendly bank rules


SPRINGFIELD — Supporters of legalized marijuana in Illinois have launched efforts aimed at making it easier for legitimate businesses that sell the product to have bank accounts and accept credit-card transactions.

Area history, March 19, 2019

Today is Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, the first state high school boys' basketball tournament at the University of Illinois showed a profit of more than $2,500. Officials at the University of Illinois Athletic Association said they wanted to make the tournament a permanent fixture on campus.

Applications being accepted for National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year

BOSTON — The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare is accepting nominations for its National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award.

The award, established in 1999, "recognizes that compassionate care is central to making a difference in the experience of health care."

Lovie, Illini add grad transfer receiver

CHAMPAIGN — Depth at receiver is a concern for Illinois football heading into the 2019 season.

Lovie Smith’s program addressed some of that question on Sunday night when Dejon Brissett announced via his Twitter account that he would transfer to Illinois.

Chopra commits to Michigan volleyball

Champaign Central volleyball standout Mira Chopra committed to Michigan volleyball on Sunday night.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore middle hitter announced her decision on Sunday night via her Twitter account.

Chopra compiled 172 kills this past season for the Maroons, helping Central win a Class 3A regional title for the second straight year.