Quotes of the week July 27, 2013
"I am retired from politics. And I have no plans of coming out of retirement."
— Jimmy John Liautaud, the founder of the highly successful Jimmy John's submarine sandwich franchise, disclosing his decision not to make any further contributions to political candidates. Liautaud has in the past made substantial political donations, including to Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"Our community can sit there and say, 'Well, it's not our mess,' but that's not a good answer for a community."
— Champaign City Council Member Thomas Bruno, discussing the now-closed and dilapidated Gateway Studios, a former Holiday Inn, on the southwest corner of the Neil Street interchange with Interstate 74. The city council voted this week to demolish the structure at a cost of $750,000 to $1.25 million in the hope that the site can be redeveloped.
"Most people, they get frustrated when things don't go their way. It's a trial-and-error process."
— Ilkyoo Choi, a doctoral student in mathematics at the University of Illinois, discussing what it takes to solve a Rubik's Cube. Choi, who can solve the puzzle in less than 15 seconds, attended the Rubik's Cube World Championship this week in Las Vegas.
"We're only exploring it. We have been meeting on a regular basis with METCAD because we're looking at what the costs are. There's nothing definite to present to the (village board)."
— Rantoul Police Chief Paul Farber, discussing talks about possibly merging his department's emergency dispatching services with METCAD, based in Urbana. METCAD dispatches all Champaign County emergency services except Rantoul's. Although each landline phone is levied a surcharge for 911 service, there is no levy for cellphones. As the number of landline phones dwindles, so has the tax revenue Rantoul uses to support its emergency dispatching.
"There is a consensus, and this is not just on the board but throughout the institution, on campuses and among external audiences, that this first year has gone very well indeed. There's a desire on the part of the president and trustees ... to extend his term for the additional year."
— UI spokesman Tom Hardy, discussing a decision by UI trustees to extend President Robert Easter's contract for another year, to June 30, 2015. Easter took over in March 2012 on an emergency basis, replacing former UI President Michael Hogan.
"If we're being honest with ourselves, many, many organizations were making those machines available to the public before this anyway. From fraternal organizations to the neighborhood bars, there were very few places that didn't have those machines already. The difference, obviously, is that the state wasn't getting a cut then."
— State Rep. Chad Hays, discussing legal state-sponsored video gaming. It's become a huge business in Illinois with more than $300 million wagered at 7,920 terminals last month.