Here's a look at some of the stories we're working on for our Friday newspaper, including solar power coming to the UI, lawmakers weighing in on "grace period" voting, and more on Illini football woes.
The University of Illinois plans to build a solar farm that administrators say could supply almost 2 percent of campus energy needs and help meet renewable energy goals, Julie Wurth reports.
Two local Democratic state lawmakers say they will promote legislation next spring to clarify in-person “grace period” voting rules in the state. Tom Kacich reports that the measure, promoted by Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, and Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, is prompted by what Frerichs said are obstacles to more convenient voting that have been erected by Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten.
In Sports, columnist Loren Tate surveys the fans' attitude of doubt and indifference surrounding the Illini football program's latest tailspin, and also looks at why the Illini have not been able to improve special teams' play.