It's your business: Old Hardee's turning into Windy City Express

The old Hardee's restaurant at 1806 W. Bradley Ave., C, is being turned into a new fast-food restaurant called Windy City Express.

It will open during the last week of January, said Nick Nasir, the owner along with Dioniso Garcia, both of Champaign.

'Good ol' boy' staying grounded

SPRINGFIELD – If Mike Tisdale wasn't 7-feet tall, he would be just like any other American teen-ager.

He's kind of quiet but bops around to the music blaring through the oversized headphones he wears.

10 questions for Jerry Hester

Brian Dietz caught up to this Peoria product, who helped Illinois to a surprising Big Ten title in 1998. This season, he's on the sidelines as part of Illinois' radio broadcast team. Hester is in his first season as the school's color commentator. The school's 13th all-time leading scorer played professinal ball in Europe before becoming a financial adviser in the Chicago suburbs. He calle Thursday night's game against Michigan State.

Chaplin, Hoffman double fun

CHAMPAIGN – Shelley Chaplin (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Carlee Hoffman (14, 10) each registered double-doubles to lead the Illini women's wheelchair basketball team to a 65-28 victory against Alabama on Friday at Huff Hall. Jennifer Ruddell added 15 points for the Illini.

Who's that Illini?

I'm fifth on the Illinois women's basketball team's career scoring chart, collecting 1,536 points from 1990-94. I was a consistent guard who could hit the three-point shot (second with 168), though I never received any Big Ten honors.

Big Ten basketball overview

Want to know which of the upcoming week's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow:


Storylines from today's game at Iowa:

Quashing the Krush: Iowa doing its best to keep UI fans out

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Last year, few teams defended Illinois quite as well as Steve Alford's.

Even as Illinois ran roughshod over the Big Ten, Iowa found a way to give the Illini all they could handle, losing in overtime in Champaign and putting up a fight in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Top of the day

Illinois improved to 9-2 in games played at the Assembly Hall involving two Top 10 teams:

Vikings pick ex-Illini aide

PHILADELPHIA – The Minnesota Vikings will name Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress as the team's head coach today, league sources said Thursday night.

Childress, a former Illini assistant coach, interviewed with the Vikings on Tuesday and had been scheduled to meet with the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday and the Houston Texans on Saturday, but he never left Minnesota, sources close to the situation said.