Quotes of the week

"I don't even understand why I'm here. This guy broke into my house."

— Ryan Nibbe of Gibson City, reacting in Ford County Circuit Court as he was being charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 44-year-old Timothy Robertson. Mr. Robertson died Aug. 5 of head injuries that stemmed from a July 28 altercation.

"I've held that weight since January, so it's not like I'm sloppy out there. I love the weight room. I always get extra lifts in. It's not hard for me (and) I like to eat, obviously."

— Fighting Illini left tackle Simon Cvijanovic, discussing the increase from last season's playing weight of 285-290 up to 310 pounds.

"He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and left the bank through the west doors. No one in the bank was injured, and the doors were locked immediately after his exit."

— Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason, describing what happened during a bank robbery Monday morning at the First Midwest Bank in downtown Danville. The suspect, who was armed, is a white male in his late 30s or early 40s. He was wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap and a dark-colored tank top.

"Ms. Walden has threatened litigation against the city, and I think any comments could be extremely damaging to any defense the city would choose to mount."

— Urbana City Attorney Jim Simon, instructing city council members not to take up a proposed change in city hiring policies at its Monday council meeting. Mayor Laurel Prussing's decision not to reappoint accounting supervisor Liz Walden has sparked a movement among council members to give a group of city employees more protection, a move now delayed by the possibility that Walden may sue over her dismissal.

"It's disappointing and unfortunate, but it doesn't come as a surprise. We're a public university in Illinois, a state that's not well regarded by the financial houses for a multitude of reasons."

— University of Illinois spokesman Tom Hardy, reacting to news that Moody's Investors Services has downgraded its ratings on $1.56 billion of debt issued by the UI. The announcement comes as the UI is preparing a $77 million bond sale to pay for renovations at its hospital in Chicago.

"Everywhere we go, he knows somebody or somebody recognizes him. It doesn't matter where: China, Italy, Turkey, people recognize him because of Illinois."

— Delores Brown, describing the high profile of her husband, former Fighting Illini basketball star Dee Brown. A member of the 2005-06 UI team that finished second nationally, Brown is playing professionally in Europe.

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