In Saturday's News-Gazette, the Alma Mater is in worse shape than thought, a shooting victim tries to cope a year later and the Illini prepare to play Penn State in football.
Turns out the Alma Mater's in worse shape than anyone thought. The iconic symbol of the University of Illinois has serious structural problems and needs extensive surgery, Julie Wurth reports.
She also covered the UI Foundation's annual business meeting, where it was announced that the university raised more than $200 million in private donations for the fifth consecutive year.
Columnist Jim Dey writes that nearly a year after a shooting at a campus-area party left three people wounded, Urbana police are still trying to find out who fired the shots and they are asking for help from the public. The most seriously wounded of the three victims, a 23-year-old UI graduate who had hoped to attend law school, lives with the consequences of the senseless mayhem every day.
In Sports, Marcus Jackson and our staff have the Illini Game Day Preview as the Illini open Big Ten football conference play with an 11 a.m. game against Penn State.
And of course, we'll have results from a full slate of high school football games.