Jay Spoonhour is no stranger to college basketball. The 44-year-old is in his third season as the men’s coach at Eastern Illinois. But he’s spent most of his life around the game thanks to his late father, Charlie Spoonhour. The Panthers are in a bit of a resurgence this season, compiling a nine-game winning streak before that was snapped Thursday night against Murray State.
Jeff Rodgers spent some of his teenage years working the sidelines at Memorial Stadium.
The son of Randy Rodgers, the former Illinois recruiting coordinator under John Mackovic from 1988 until 1991, will now coach roughly two hours north from where he spent those Saturdays as a ball boy for Mackovic’s Illini.
Eastern Illinois hosts possibly its biggest Ohio Valley Conference game in school history tonight when Murray State (15-4, 5-0 OVC West) arrives at Lantz Arena.
Mama Bear brought the hammer down during last week’s Black Monday. Virginia McCaskey was “fed up with mediocrity” and called for her son and Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey to fire general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman, to the relief of Bears fans.
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Early next week, according to Champaign County Democratic Party Chairman Al Klein, the nine or so candidates to replace Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs in the Illinois Senate will get a chance to show their mettle.
CHICAGO — Top University of Illinois officials have reiterated their support for a bid to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library at the UI Chicago campus, amid concerns from Washington about leadership transitions at the school.
SPRINGFIELD — Refunds will be coming early this summer to state retirees who paid health care premiums over a 14-month period before a court decision halted the deductions.
Checks are expected to be in the mail in June 2015, said Springfield lawyer Don Craven, one of the attorneys in the Kanerva lawsuit filed against the state.