Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Nov. 11, 2018

Observed annually on Nov. 11, Veterans Day (known as Armistice Day until 1954) was initiated by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, exactly one year after World War I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Bears off to best start since 2013 at halfway point

The Bears sit atop the NFC North and, at 5-3, are off to their best eight-game start since 2013. A good time for sports copy editor JORDAN J. WILSON to take stock and look at what lies ahead:

Top of the Morning, Sept. 21, 2018

Champaign's PAT and CINDY SCHILLING are longtime Illinois fans. But the Schillings now have another orange-and-blue team to cheer for: Syracuse.

The couple were at Saturday's Syracuse-Florida State game in the Carrier Dome. They watched as the Orange whipped the Seminoles 30-7.

What's the connection? Family.

Defense carries Bears to first win of Nagy era

Trey Burton and the Bears held on for a 24-17 victory Monday night over the Seahawks at Soldier Field. Sports copy editor JORDAN J. WILSON weighs in on the Bears:

Trials of Trubisky

'Yards' group heads to D.C. to lobby for federal grants for project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After pitching the Champaign City Council on the plan for "The Yards" development in the southern part of downtown, local officials traveled to the nation's capital to secure federal funding for the estimated $200 million project.

Focus of Champaign council's talks on 'The Yards': Who'll pay for what?

CHAMPAIGN — An expansion of the Illinois Terminal. A potential Division I hockey team. Another downtown hotel. Conferences. Residential properties. Induced development.

All were talking points at the first of three study sessions Tuesday night regarding a proposed hockey arena, hotel and residential building called The Yards in the southern area of downtown Champaign.

Three reasons hope lives on for Bears' 2018 season

Yes, Bears fans suffered late Sunday night. Like staff writer SCOTT RICHEY. But Khalil Mack (above) and his teammates did have a few moments before Aaron Rodgers did what he does best — drive the Bears crazy in rallying the Packers to a 24-23 win. Despite all that, Richey explains why it’s still OK to be a Bears fan in 2018:

Downtown Champaign mega project covers whole nine 'Yards'

CHAMPAIGN — The name of the mega development proposed for downtown Champaign's south side: The Yards.

The price tag: a cool $200 million.

The status: At least some of the details will be shared at a joint meeting tonight of the city council and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board.

Tim Mitchell's MLB Power Poll: Sept. 9, 2018

Staff writer Tim Mitchell loves the National Pastime. Here's this week's MLB power poll:


1. Red Sox (1)

They want to get Chris Sale and David Price healthy for the post-season.

2. Astros (3)

Hector Rondon took a line drive off his pitching hand.

3. Yankees (2)

Top of the Morning, Aug. 3, 2018

Saturday is a special anniversary for St. Louis Cardinals fans, especially those who cheered on STAN MUSIAL.

Fifty years ago, the team celebrated its star by unveiling a large statue outside Busch Stadium.