Downtown Champaign development awaits UI decision

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board expressed interest Wednesday in a proposed multimillion-dollar development project in downtown Champaign that would include an addition to the MTD's Illinois Terminal building.

But both local developer Hans Grotelueschen and MTD Managing Director Karl Gnadt cautioned that the project is in its early stages.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 5, Jaylen Dunlap

Best of ... Illini

No. 5: Jaylen Dunlap, DB

Tate: Penn State moves on from shame

CHICAGO — Check back five years and you'll see a sports world awash in what we now call "fake news."

Reality check for Fleck, other coaches

CHICAGO — P.J. Fleck said he wouldn't necessarily have chosen "Being P.J. Fleck" as the title for the show premiering next week on ESPNU about his transition from Western Michigan to Minnesota coach.

But he was more than happy to be involved when the network came calling.

PODCAST: SportsTalk 07-25-17

PODCAST: SportsTalk 07-25-17: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk.


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July 27 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

Now that Illinois football is back from Chicago and Big Ten media days, what should fans look forward to during training camp? How is recruiting going for both Lovie Smith and Brad Underwood? What's one Illinois team to watch out for this upcoming school year? When does the IlliniHQ football yearbook come out? What about the The N-G's high school football preview section?

July 26 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:30pm

Scott Richey is back from Chicago and his two-day stint at Big Ten football media days ready to answer all of your Illinois basketball questions. Or, you know, football. Or volleyball. So whether it's the state of hoops recruiting, the potential fate of Lovie Smith's Illini this fall or how first-year volleyball coach Chris Tamas might fare, your questions will be answered at 12:30 p.m.

LIVE! Big Ten Media Days

Jim Harbaugh closing out the second morning. His opening statement was about his entrance to the podium. Then he quietly, off-handedly said he'd take questions. Also, he's wearing his standard uniform: Michigan hat, glasses, blue pullover and khakis.

Illinois at Big Ten Media Day

Hear from Illinois coach Lovie Smith and seniors Malik Turner, Jaylen Dunlap and Christian DiLauro on a wide range of topics during the Illini's appearance at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago on Monday. 

Lovie 'laying the groundwork'

CHICAGO — Josh Whitman knows all about rebuilds. As a freshman tight end at Illinois in 1997, his team went 0-11.

Two years later, the Illini beat Ohio State and Michigan and scored 63 points in a bowl win.

So, the second-year athletic director isn't about to panic after a 3-9 opening year for Lovie Smith.