Teachers, students all hope relief is on the way

Back-to-school supply list: pencils, markers, notebooks, ice, water bottles, fans.

Teachers approach the start of school each fall with a sense of uncertainty, and it's not just about what kind of students they'll get.

Who's that Illini?

I rank second in Illini football history in career sacks. From 1983 to '87, I recorded 23 sacks from my defensive line position. My best year in that category came in 1987, when I recorded 10 sacks – then a school record and now No. 3 on the UI charts. I also twice was Illinois' season leader in tackles for loss. In 1988, I was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Raiders and played five seasons in the NFL

Mensah sprints to finals

MADISON, Wis. – After Day 1 of the Big Ten indoor track and field championships, Gary Winckler's women's team is in fifth place as a total of 13 athletes advanced to today's finals.

Yvonne Mensah was strong, qualifying with first-place finishes in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes.

Arnold helps provide framework for win

CHAMPAIGN – Two quick fouls meant plenty of sitting Saturday for James Augustine. And plenty of extra playing time for Marcus Arnold.

The junior forward scored his most points (nine) since Dec. 28. He also pitched in six rebounds, his most since a Dec. 10 game at Oregon.

Brown, Augustine get caught up in moment

CHAMPAIGN – He has become known over four years almost as much for his flapping lips as his fleet feet.

But for once, The One-Man Fast Break was at a loss for words.

Best of the best

A look at how seniors Dee Brown and James Augustine stack up on the Illinois career charts:

Tate: Others save day for pair

"You bench guys, for their sake, better come and play at a high level in honor of Dee and James."

Illini coach Bruce Weber

Researchers developing precise search software

When University of Illinois Professor Anhai Doan went shopping for a house recently, he couldn't get what he wanted.

Oh, he found a house all right, by driving around neighborhoods and scoping out for-sale signs, among other low-tech means.

Licensed, bonded

Facts about debt restructuring and the proposed $66 million referendum for Champaign schools:

Bob's random thoughts

While there are no guarantees, the hiring of Vince Okruch as the Illinois defensive coordinator seems to be a good one. He has experience as a coordinator in two BCS conferences and is considered a standout recruiter.