Quotes of the week
"Top 20 would be maybe a bit of a benchmark, so that was good. I take confidence from that. I look at the next goal and I think maybe top 15 would be the next barrier ranking. I think it's a good indication of where I've come from."
— Kevin Anderson, a professional tennis player and former Fighting Illini All-American, discussing his rise through the professional ranks. Now 27 and in his sixth year on the professional tour, Anderson was seeded 17th in the U.S. Open that began this week in New York City.
"Going out into the fields now, we're seeing that it's aborting some of the kernels near the tip. We're starting to cut yields on regular corn."
— Scott Kesler, a farmer in rural Urbana, discussing the toll that the lack of rain is taking on this year's corn crop. Earlier this month, some farmers were predicting 200 bushels of corn per acre on East Central Illinois farms, but that number is falling.
"Only those closest to me can see the scars."
— U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, a Medal of Honor winner, discussing the lingering aftereffects of his participation in the war in Afghanistan. Carter was awarded the medal this past week at a White House ceremony. He was recognized for his actions in a Oct. 3, 2009, attack by the Taliban in which he rendered aid to a fallen comrade and resupplied ammunition to his fellow soldiers. President Obama described Carter's actions as "the essence of true heroism."
"There needs to be equal consideration given to bad tenants, and there are a lot of bad tenants in his town."
— Urbana Alderman Michael Madigan, discussing a proposal to increase municipal fees to landlords to finance a more aggressive rental inspection program.
"My aunt works for Smuckers. My mom used to work there when she was younger. When I go to the store, I'm not getting Welch's. I'm getting Smuckers."
— Fighting Illini linebacker Mason Monheim, delivering a hard-hitting description of his taste in jams. Smuckers' headquarters is located about a mile from Monheim's hometown of Orrville, Ohio.
"It needs to be done quickly because the state takes some time to implement it."
— Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, explaining why she wants the city council to quickly approve a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax. The money would raise an estimated $688,000 a year.