Quotes of the week
"I heard screaming. I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."
— Charles Ramsey, a resident of Cleveland describing the escape of one of three women held hostage for years by three brothers who lived in his neighborhood. Authorities discovered the women, all kidnapping victims from years ago, and arrested the men.
"It's much less aggressive than melanoma, and, in fact, I had it removed this morning."
— Eric Jakobsson, a longtime University of Illinois faculty member, discussing his diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma. Jakobsson's diagnosis became a matter of public interest last week when his wife, state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, inaccurately attributed the reason for skipping an important legislative vote to her husband's diagnosis of melanoma, a far more dangerous form of cancer than he actually has.
"We may well have the most well-endowed mechanical clock in history."
— Bruce Hannon of Champaign, discussing a gift from the estate of Elva Greeson of Urbana to support maintenance of the clock and bell tower at the county courthouse in Urbana. Hannon, who was a leader in the clock tower restoration project, said the gift of $75,000 to $100,000 is "more than we'll probably ever need."
"My whole face lit up because I never expected all this coming to me. It's really just a blessing."
— Danville High School football player Trent Sherfield, describing his reaction to the first college football recruiting inquiry that he received. A quarterback and defensive back, Sherfield's services are being sought by a number of major college programs, including the University of Illinois.
"I've decided I'm going to close it down, clear the decks."
— Champaign County Presiding Judge Thomas Difanis, announcing the end of the experiment with mental health court in the county. Difanis attributed his decision to a philosophical dispute between Circuit Judge Jeffrey Ford and State's Attorney Julia Rietz. The two disagree on the extent to which compulsion — like a sentence to jail — should be used to coerce defendants to take prescribed medication or attend counseling sessions. Ford favors using the court's authority in that fashion, while Rietz does not.
"(My wife) Jeni will tell you, and it's true. I have never awakened in the morning and dreaded going to work. I love what I do."
— UI athletic director Mike Thomas, describing the enthusiasm he brings to his job.