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June 27 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:30pm

Summer workouts are underway. The July evaluation periods are right around the corner. The offseason never stops for Illinois basketball, so neither does our beat writer's chat. Scott Richey will answer all of your Illini questions (don't feel limited by hoops either) at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Want to know key 2019 recruiting targets?

Build it or 'get lapped'

The night before Friday's Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago, heavyweights from Illinois basketball gathered for a Champions Summit.

The message:

"We need to get busy," senior associate athletic director for development Howard Milton said. "You don't get passed in this, you can get lapped in the Big Ten in terms of facilities."

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.

Poulter, Spillane take Eddleman honors for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter and Bren Spillane joined an illustrious club on Thursday.

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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Illini land in-state outside hitter

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois' offseason transfers opened up new recruiting avenues for Chris Tamas. Namely, the second-year Illini coach got a little more scholarship flexibility with his future classes.

Tate | Ice, ice baby — time to bring hockey to Illinois

City planners deserve plaudits for the way downtown Champaign has exploded on summer weekends.

That festive atmosphere will be expanded into 25 wintry weekends if $50-plus million can be raised to support Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman's plan for a multi-purpose hockey structure.

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.