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Quick hits: Illinois' 54-35 blowout loss at Nebraska leaves future dim

What happened

Despite quarterback AJ Bush Jr.'s heroics (three touchdowns, 187 yards on the ground), Illinois couldn't keep up with Nebraska, which won for just the third time this season. Five Illini turnovers, including two muffed punts, put the defense in bad positions repeatedly, and the result was Illinois' fifth loss by 20 or more points this season.

Talking points: Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star's Stege Sipple

We asked Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star columnist Stege Sipple for his take on the Cornhuskers going into today's game against Illinois at Memorial Stadium:

How have the Nebraska fans handled the rough start?

Weekly staff picks: at Nebraska, Nov. 10, 2018

The News-Gazette sports staff will take a crack at predicting the winner of the Illinois game each week. Don't agree with them? Let them know by email at

Bob Asmussen | Football beat writer

Who lives here? Nov. 10, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Area history, Nov. 10, 2018

Today is Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Veterans Day events, Nov. 9-12, 2018

Veterans Day ceremonies and events are being held throughout our area the next four days. They include:


Cerro Gordo: Biscuits and gravy breakfast for veterans at 7:45 a.m. at Cerro Gordo High, followed by an assembly at 8:30 a.m.

Religion calendar, Nov. 9-16, 2018

To submit items, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.

Go Figure, Nov. 9, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines:


Honorary degrees awarded through the years at University of Illinois commencements, with recipients including a few familiar faces from TV — DIANE SAWYER, JOHN CHANCELLOR, BILL GEIST.

Area history, Nov. 9, 2018

Today is Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the University of Illinois announced it would adopt a new system of conducting examinations. That year, the exams would be held in regular classrooms at regular class hours.

Prep football stats: Nov. 8, 2018


Player, School Att Yds TD AVG

Lahey, BH/RA 247 1872 27 7.5

Smiley, Oakwd 169 1611 19 9.5

T. Wilson, Fisher 276 1494 26 5.4

Trantina, GCMS 153 1431 31 9.4

Hopkins, Arcola 203 1385 18 6.8

Colvin, SJ-O 188 1125 12 6.0

Grubb, Oakwd 154 1122 15 7.3

Ahlden, IWest 167 1089 9 6.5