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'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:

RK. TEAM (PREV.)

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.

Q&A: Six-time Twin City Golf winner Tim Hoss Jr. talks this year's tourney

Hoss is back for his 24th appearance in the Twin City Tournament, which tees off today at Champaign Country Club and concludes Sunday at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club in Champaign. N-G sports copy editor JOE VOZZELLI caught up with the six-time winner:

What do you remember most about last year's title?

Asmussen | Ex-Illini Anderson 'played like a champ'

I sat down to watch a few minutes of Wimbledon on Wednesday morning. And couldn't turn it off.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson played the match of his life against legend Roger Federer. Down two sets in the quarterfinal, Anderson rallied for a stunning five-set victory, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a match that exceeded four hours.

No place like home: Four former Illini teeing off at John Deere Classic

Four former Illini tee off today at the John Deere Classic, the only PGA event in Illinois this year. Here's what you need to know before the action gets going in Silvis, courtesy N-G copy editor Joe Vozzelli

Four local notes on the national pastime ahead of Independence Day

Independence Day and baseball go well together. It's the national pastime, after all. Before you fire up the grills and watch the sky light up on Wednesday night, sports editor Matt Daniels takes you around the horn with four items:

Go, Cubs, go

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