Quotes of the week
"It has been an honor to serve this community, but it is also time for someone else to prepare for the next term beginning in 2015. I have made the decision to not seek re-election. It was not an easy decision."
— State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, announcing that she will not run for re-election to the Illinois House in 2014. The 71-year-old Jakobsson's decision to step down is sure to set off a scramble among local Democrats to succeed her in the overwhelmingly Democratic 103rd District made up of Champaign and Urbana.
"People have been enthusiastic."
— Champaign resident Scott Anderson, describing the public reaction to his wife's idea to place a sculpture of late film critic Roger Ebert in front of Champaign's Virginia Theatre. Ebert, an Urbana native and a University of Illinois graduate, established a popular film festival at the Virginia.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Benefield's family."
— DeWitt County State's Attorney Karle Koritz, announcing that he has filed murder charges against two men in connection with last weekend's death of 21-year-old Blayne Benefield of rural Farmer City. Charged in the case were two Wisconsin brothers, James and Alexander Jacquart. They were identified as employees of the carnival used at Farmer City Heritage Days.
"When you haven't had one like this in a long time, you just feel that weight lifted. It's an amazing feeling to have again."
— Fighting Illini tight end Evan Wilson, reacting to last weekend's surprise 45-17 win over the University of Cincinnati. Illinois plays the University of Washington today at Chicago's Soldier Field.
"A lot of people ask me if I enjoy the job, and most days I do. That's why I'd like to run again."
— Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh, indicating that he plans to seek a fourth term in office next year.
"I was shocked because I had never seen anything that I thought was illegal."
— Fighting Illini head football coach Tim Beckman, discussing his 22-month tenure on the coaching staff at Oklahoma State University under OSU head coach Mike Gundy. Sports Illustrated this week began a five-part series reporting a host of violations of NCAA rules at OSU, including illegal payments to players.