Illini grade out well in post-finals examination

CHAMPAIGN – Having survived finals week, the best part of the season is straight ahead for the Illini women.

Illinois beat Alabama State on Sunday to improve to 8-1 under Theresa Grentz in games after final exams. But it''s the next few days that the Illini really enjoy.

Tate: Character helps Turner stay positive

OK, so football is your hobby, and you suffered during the Illini''s 1-11 football season.

Imagine if it was your job, your livelihood! You''re trying to maintain your senses during 18-hour workdays, searching for the right buttons with a worried staff, and striving to keep 100 disappointed athletes from blowing apart.

Our all-time Illini team - open to debate, of course

No matter what he says on "Monday Night Football," folks around here know Simeon Rice starred at Illinois long before he became the "Sackmasta" in Tampa Bay.

Earlier this week, Rice was voted to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year and will make his third trip to Hawaii for the game. The folks at the Honolulu airport might want to hand his teammates a thesaurus instead of a lei.

Bright future ahead - Ex-Illini Curtin knows what she wants to do in life

So much water has rushed under the bridge, you could fill a small ocean or two.

Since Allison Curtin''s acrimonious and much-discussed departure from the Illinois women''s basketball team, her 23-year-old life has taken a dizzying set of twists and turns.

Nobody has a better rivalry game than Illinois-Missouri

There are rivalries, and then there''s Braggin'' Rights. - - It''s different from the rest. It''s better.

You know it. Missouri fans know it. You''d better believe the Illini and Tigers know it.

A blessing in disguise

CHAMPAIGN – It wasn''t the first time Erika Lowery called her husband in tears. Chris Lowery had come to be prepared to hear his wife at the other end of the phone, crying about their son, Kahari.

But this call was different.

Illinois Mens Basketball Statistics

6 - 2 record

Illinois Women''s Basketball Statistics

4 - 4 record

Kolze adds award

The awards continue to pile up for Illinois'' women''s soccer players.

On Thursday, senior defender Meghan Kolze was voted onto the NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America first team.

Evanston''s two-way star picks Illinois

EVANSTON – Jody Ellis has committed to play football at Illinois. It''s up to Ron Turner to decide which position the Evanston Township star will play.

The receiver/safety, who visited Illinois last weekend, gave Turner his 22nd commitment.