It's your business: Neil Street to become Walgreens' 4th C-U site

Walgreens is definitely making it four new drugstore locations in Champaign-Urbana.

The building permit has been issued, and construction on the fourth store has started at Neil Street and Kirby Avenue in Champaign.

Dietz: Wakefield walking fine on the line

PHOENIX – When Fred Wakefield first found out Neil Rackers signed with the Arizona Cardinals, he called his old Illinois teammate and pitched a deal.

"I told him the silver lining to him coming here is that since I was here first, if he makes the Pro Bowl, he's got to take me," Wakefield said. "I'm not sure if that's going to happen."

Another honor for Karniski

CHAMPAIGN – Senior defender Christen Karniski was named a second-team All-American by Soccer Buzz magazine on Friday.

Who's that Illini?

I played alongside my twin sister for the women's basketball team in the late '70s. I still own the season rebounding record, and I'm 13th in career scoring (my sister is third). These days I'm an assistant coach for the Michigan women's basketball team.

Williams welcomed back

CHAMPAIGN – Visiting royalty wouldn't have gotten a warmer reception than ex-Illini Angelina Williams received Thursday at the Assembly Hall.

The Chicago native watched her former teammates for the first time after finishing a three-month stint with a pro team in Israel. Illini fans who spotted her made quick work to say hello.

UI assistant coach earns honor

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois assistant coach Eric Bell was selected as the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association after he helped lead the squad to the second round of the NCAA tournament and a 12-7-3 mark last season.

UI women's basketball box score

Illinois 85, Illinois State 74

Watching son play is treat for Illinois football assistant

CHAMPAIGN – Mike Locksley knows better now.

The next time the Illinois assistant football coach attends a Battle of Champaign basketball game at cozy Combes Gym, he'll be sure to arrive plenty early.

Illinois avoids disappointment before vacation

CHAMPAIGN – There was no letdown from Sunday's big win against a ranked Oklahoma team for the Illinois women's basketball team.

But the Illini had to deal with a few other obstacles to shake off stubborn Illinois State 85-74 on Thursday night at the Assembly Hall.

Who's that Illini?

On Sept. 14, 1991, I set a UI volleyball record with 15 blocks against Georgia, a record that still stands. A native of Scappoose, Ore., that match was the highlight of my career, which ended in 1993.