UI to tweak logo design, colors to unify brand

CHAMPAIGN — Orange and blue have defined the University of Illinois' identity for more than a century, since students chose the official school colors in 1894.

The exact shades have varied over the years — from a deep navy to a medium blue, from orange-yellow to the reddish-orange on the new Illini uniforms adopted three years ago.

2017 UI soccer team: Picture Day

Meet the members of the 2017-18 University of Illinois soccer team.

Sunday Conversation: Sarah Warren

What do you take away from last year where the team didn't fare too well and you missed most of it with an injury?

Illinois soccer: On solid footing

Hit the road

After facing Missouri on Aug. 18 to open the season, Illinois will play DePaul and Washington at home. Seven straight road matches follow, including a trip to Oklahoma in mid-September and the start of Big Ten play at Ohio State and Penn State.

Aug. 3 Illinois basketball & football chat

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 11:00am

Our basketball beat writer has officially added Illinois football to his coverage responsibilities, opening him up for questions on both Illini sports. Want to find out what caught his attention at football training camp so far this week? Interested in his take on the Illini basketball Big Ten schedule? Have volleyball or soccer questions?

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.

The report cards are in

Men's golf: A

Why an A: Count the ways. Mike Small's squad won its third straight Big Ten championship, with Dylan Meyer winning a seventh straight individual title for the Illini. A 10th straight NCAA tournament appearance and third straight national semifinals berth followed.

Last year's grade: A

UI Year in Review: From start to finish, what a wild ride it was

Top male athletes

1. Malcolm Hill, basketball. Senior guard did it all for the Illini — again — ranking in the top two on the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals.

2. Isaiah Martinez, wrestling. Two-time national champion was denied a third in the 165-pound title match — only his second career loss — after moving up a weight class.

Moments of the month


There were hugs all around after Jeremiah Tilmon committed to John Groce and the Illini — just one step of many in what turned into a tumultuous recruitment.


Camp Rantoul, home to Illinois football training camp since 1998, hosted Illini soccer instead after Lovie Smith moved his first training camp as coach back to campus.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?