In Wednesday's newspaper, we continue our election advance coverage, look at record spending in a congressional campaign, attend an event honoring a UI scientist and visit with a prep Hall of Fame basketball coach.
With the Nov. 6 election nearing, columnist Tom Kacich writes that spending on congressional races — mostly by outside groups — is heavy in Illinois. Through Monday almost $16 million had been spent in Illinois by “independent” groups. Most of the money was going into five races, including the 13th District race featuring Republican Rodney Davis, Democrat Davis Gill and independent John Hartman.
We'll also have stories previewing a couple of county board races in Vermilion County.
On the University of Illinois campus, Christine des Garennes was on hand as Nick Holonyak Jr. received a standing ovation from friends, colleagues and aspiring researchers at an event Tuesday celebrating his achievements fifty years after he demonstrated the first visible light-emitting diode, or LED.
In Sports, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner visits with Lee Cabutti, who coached basketball in Champaign for 29 years, won more games than any coach in history in the district, earned a spot in the state Hall of Fame and has the court named for him at Central High School. Champaign Central's Hall of Fame banquet is coming up this weekend.
And Marcus Jackson takes a look at the Illini football team's offensive woes, much of which can be attributed to the play of the offensive line, which has been beset by injuries.