Quotes of the week
"Society must not and will not tolerate this kind of behavior."
— Champaign County Circuit Judge Tom Difanis, explaining the 50-year prison sentence he ordered for a local man convicted of the July 4, 2012, murder of a woman caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting in north Champaign. Anthony Meads, 21, of Champaign, was convicted by a jury in May of the first-degree murder of 20-year-old Desirae Austin.
"I don't see them as anything but business as usual as it has gone on in the Democratic Party under both the Clinton and Obama administrations."
— David Green, a 63-year-old Champaign resident, explaining why he's decided to run against two other candidates — former judge Ann Callis and university physicist George Gollin — in the race for the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 13th District. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a Republican from Taylorville, currently holds the office.
"Everywhere we go, there's always somebody who has the boldness to come up to you and be like, 'How tall are you?' They might not think it's offensive, but it just gets really annoying, especially when they just stare at you."
— Fighting Illini volleyball team member Anna Dorn, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall, talking about the tiresome reactions she and some of her tall teammates generate.
"I've been through his surgeries, and he's been through mine."
— Marty McFarland, former football coach at Oakwood High School, describing his long friendship with Catlin barber Chuck Inland, who is celebrating 50 years in the business.
"'Saints Row: The Third' sold 5.5 million copies, and we'd love to see numbers close to that. Preorders are very strong."
— Dan Cermak, general manager of the Champaign-based video game producer Deep Silver Volition, discussing this week's release of "Saints Row: IV." Roughly 200 people worked two years and "tens of millions" were spent to produce the latest in this video game series.
"It will be a family-driven venue. I want to focus on kids and the gift of time."
— Jim Whitmore, discussing a Villa Grove theater — The Star Theater — that he is turning into a multipurpose entertainment venue for movies, educational programs, plays and live music. Whitmore, who grew up in the community, is a former special education teacher.