Radio special: Illini in Chicago

A slew of Illini Hall of Famers took part in a special three-hour edition of "Saturday SportsTalk" live from Chicago.

Among the guests who joined Steve Kelly and Loren Tate: Josh Whitman, Lou Henson, Dana Howard, Jim Grabowski, Darrin Fletcher, Dave Downey, Tara Hurless, Kendall Gill, Bruce Douglas, Deron Williams, Nancy Brookhart Cherin and Scott Langley.

VIDEO: Illinois hosts Hall of Fame Gala at Field Museum

Illinois hosted its second Hall of Fame Gala at the Field Museum in Chicago on Friday. Check out highlights and hear from several inductees in the video below.

Howard 'having a ball' ahead of induction

CHICAGO — Dana Howard has a busy Hall of Fame year. Beside his Illinois honor, the superstar linebacker is entering the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

Welcome to the Hall: 20 former Illini to be honored with Henson

Ahead of Friday night's Gala event in Chicago, sports editor MATT DANIELS looks at the other 20 former Illini besides Lou Henson who will be recognized:

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Football, wrestling

Davis, Rabinowitz take top Illini honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men's track and field athlete Jon Davis and Illinois women's tennis player Mia Rabinowitz each won the Illini's Freshman of the Year accolade, announced Wednesday by the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Votes from Illinois head coaches, DIA executive staff and the DIA athletics awards committee picked the two winners.

Illini men's tennis lands South African signee

CHAMPAIGN — A member of the South African Davis Cup team will play tennis starting next season at Illinois.

The Illini men's tennis team announced Tuesday the signing of Siphosothando Monsti, becoming the third recruit to sign with Illinois for the 2018-19 season along with Lucas Horve and Keenan Mayo.

Kendziera advances to NCAA finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois hurdler David Kendziera advanced to the finals in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles after clocking top-3 times in both events Wednesday at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore.

Kendziera ran the 400 hurdles in 49.54 seconds for the second-fastest overall time, while finishing third overall in the 110 hurdles with a 13.43 clocking.

Kowalczyk to retire

The man who bridged the gap in leadership for the Illinois athletic department from the time Mike Thomas was fired to the time Josh Whitman was hired will retire from the university.

Paul Kowalczyk will step aside as the Illini's executive senior associate athletic director, effective Aug. 31, following more than 30 years of working in college athletics.

May 23 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 1:30pm

Illinois still has those two open scholarships for the 2018-19 season. Will Parker Braun fill one of them? The Illini are in "wait and see" mode. What is for sure, though, is Illinois' 2018 recruiting class will be on campus and starting summer workouts in three weeks. How will the influx of players change the team? Which of the newcomers might end up being the most important.

Bitter ending: Illinois bows out of NCAA tournament

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For Illinois men's tennis coach Brad Dancer, a season-ending loss to Wake Forest left him with mixed emotions afterward.

On the one hand, the Illini broke past the Round of 16 for the first time since 2007.

On the other hand, Illinois wanted more — much more.