"In the world of college athletics, State Farm is a five-star recruit."
— University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas, announcing the 30-year, $60-million agreement with the Bloomington-based insurance company to help finance the renovation of what used to be the Assembly Hall. The building has been renamed the State Farm Center. Thomas called the announcement "one of the most significant highlights in the history of Fighting Illini athletics."
"We've tried everything over the years. I think we've been very fiscally responsible, and unfortunately, I think there was always hope that property taxes would get better. But they didn't. They got worse."
— Champaign Library Director Marsha Grove, discussing plans to cut back library operations by 31 hours a week if the library board cannot close a $500,000 budget gap before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Decreasing property values, which are responsible for 92 percent of the library budget, have caused the shortfall.
"I'm a professor. I like to talk."
— UI physics Professor George Gollin, explaining why he exceeded his allotted time during a talk at the dinner held by Champaign County Democrats. Gollin is considering running for the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 13th Congressional District.
"It never gets old."
— UI men's golf coach Mike Small, describing the satisfaction that comes when his team wins another Big Ten championship. Small's golfers recently won their fifth straight conference crown.
"We teach men better ways to deal with tough situations."
— UI Police Detective Robert Murphy, discussing a self-defense class he teaches to male students. Authorities have been teaching UI women self-defense for years, but recently added a program — "Resisting Aggression with Defense" — designed for men.
"People kept telling me that a write-in candidate couldn't win. It took a hard, special effort to get me here, and a lot of help, but I did it."
— Kay Sanders, Georgetown's new mayor, discussing the recent winning electoral campaign she waged against an incumbent mayor. Sanders is Georgetown's first female mayor as well as the first mayor who was married to a previous mayor of Georgetown, Joe Sanders.