Quotes of the week
"You won't find an NFL team for sale through social media or listed on Craigslist. To achieve the American dream, it's all on you to make it happen."
— Shahid Khan, a Champaign businessman and owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, urging University of Illinois graduates to aggressively pursue their ambitions. Speaking at last weekend's commencement, Khan urged graduates to embrace challenges and avoid taking the easy way out.
"I can say from my four months of working with Deb that there are two positions she is doing. She is being effectively the chief executive of the county and she's also being the chief financial officer. And both of those things are pretty big jobs and both of them require more than one person to do."
— Champaign County Board member James Quisenberry, discussing the need to hire a deputy to work with current county administrator Deb Busey.
"We've got two years to move forward. We're hoping to see and expect to see a positive interest uptick with the State Farm announcement."
— Mike Bass, senior associate vice president of business and finance at the UI, discussing the sales of premium seats at the Assembly Hall as part of the renovation plan. A UI trustees committee recently signed off on the renovation plan, including renaming the building the State Farm Center.
"It's definitely bringing in a ton of business, though not as much as the (Illinois) marathon."
— Kiefer Manning, dining room manager at Biaggi's restaurant in Champaign, discussing the effect on business caused by the UI hosting the NCAA tennis championships.
"There really isn't a part of me that's disappointed or upset I didn't get a hit. I honestly at the end of the game was just psyched we won. I want to make the (Big Ten) tournament."
— UI baseball player Justin Parr, whose 33-game hitting streak ended in a May 12 win against Penn State. Parr's streak was the longest in the NCAA this season. He went 0-2 against the Nittany Lions but got on base twice with walks.
"Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable."
— Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, explaining the aim of a proposal to lower the blood-alcohol standard from .08 to .05. That's the equivalent of one drink for a 120-pound woman or two drinks for a 160-pound man. Federal officials are planning to try to force the new standard on all 50 states, just as they once did with the current .08 standard.