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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.

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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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.

Illini events under the lights in 2018-19

Sure, track still has a meet left. But as we see it, the Illini's 2017-18 season was put to bed when baseball and golf bowed out over the weekend. So let's look ahead to what surely will be a better season, as beat writer SCOTT RICHEY offers 10 events Illinois fans can anticipate for 2018-19:

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Former Illini national champion wrestler faces DUI charges

CHAMPAIGN — A former two-time national champion wrestler at the University of Illinois is facing DUI charges after police said he was found passed-out drunk in a vehicle last week.

Top of the Morning, May 15, 2018

Our podcast lineup continues to grow at news-gazette.com, with basketball beat writer SCOTT RICHEY the latest to offer his expertise for our listening audience.

He's one of four newsroom veterans who regularly weigh in with unique content at our website.

Pop quiz: How well do you know Illini athletics?

The 2017-18 school year is winding to its conclusion — although multiple Illinois spring sports will extend past graduation. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY proctors the final exam on a year in Illini athletics:

*Scroll to the bottom for the answers*

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