Printer racing to get 2019 Illinois Marathon shirts ready

URBANA — Race shirt collectors can look forward to a piece of Illinois history for the 2019 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon weekend, which promises to be a big one.

T-shirts for the marathon and associated races are different every year at Campus Ink. The first to be screened-printed this time around: the 5K.

Tornado vs. game? It's an easy call

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CHAMPAIGN — Twenty-two people were injured, 66 homes had major damage and 34 homes were severely damaged or destroyed.

Cobras volleyball falters in title match

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A chance to exact revenge against Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and win a national title presented itself for Parkland volleyball on Saturday night.

But top seed Coffeyville swept No. 2 Parkland 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 to win the NJCAA Division II national championship.

Parkland volleyball's Hastings receives Hall of Fame nod

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland volleyball has experienced tremendous success under coach Cliff Hastings.

Now, Hastings will be recognized for his work on the court. The veteran Parkland coach will be inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame today, the league's governing body announced on Tuesday.

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.