Quotes of the week
"I feel strongly that the state would not be well-served by having a governor and speaker of the House from the same family and have never planned to run for governor if that would be the case. With Speaker (Michael) Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for governor."
— Attorney General Lisa Madigan, announcing that she'll run for re-election rather than seek the Democratic Party's nomination for governor, because it would be inappropriate to have a daughter/father team as governor and House speaker.
"For each additional year of work, the risk of dementia is reduced by 3.2 percent."
— Carole Dufouil, a scientist for the French government, describing the result of a study of the risks of developing Alzheimer's disease. The study gives support to the "use it or lose it" theory of brainpower, meaning that people who continue to work, remain active and socially connected have a greater chance to avoid mental decline.
"The key is to get the entire building involved. ... Sometimes, it's calling home and saying, 'We missed you today.' That goes a long way."
— Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, associate superintendent for Danville schools, commenting on the importance of following up on school absences to spark greater overall attendance. Last year, an average of 410 students per day failed to attend, and school officials are working to reduce that number.
"I grew up on a farm in Mississippi. My daddy planted a half-acre truck patch. My mother canned food from the garden."
— Urbana resident and gardening enthusiast Melvin Smith. The retiree has a half-acre garden, and he teaches neighborhood kids about the planting, tending, harvesting and selling of produce that includes tomatoes, turnips, beans and peppers.
"I texted him after the last game in the NCAA tournament and told him, 'Good job and thanks for putting us back on the map.' With his enthusiasm, his ability to coach, recruit, we're going to be right back in the thick of things as one of the top programs in the country."
— Kendall Gill, former Fighting Illini basketball great, discussing current Illini head coach John Groce. Gill was back this week to attend a golf outing fundraiser for the Cunningham Children's Home.
"I want to be clear, I do not view myself so much as the owner of Fulham, but a custodian of the club on behalf of its fans. My priority is to ensure the club and Craven Cottage each have a viable and sustainable Premier League future that fans of present and future generations can be proud of."
— Shahid Khan, a University of Illinois graduate who owns Flex-N-Gate Corp., expressing his intentions of purchasing the English soccer club Fulham. He's the sixth American owner among the 20 teams currently in the Premier League.