Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

AP Top 25: Illini drop out

Illinois, which cracked the Top 25 last week for the first time this season, is  out after last week's loss to Miami.


Top of the Morning, Dec. 7, 2014

How low can gas go?

A gallon of unleaded was going for $1.99 earlier this week in Oklahoma.

For those of us who cart kids around nonstop, that's a good thing. For Don Fullerton, a finance professor and energy policy expert at the UI, not so much.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 6, 2014

There's only one thing keeping him from slipping on any of his six Santa suits, jumping in his pickup with the "SANTA" vanity plates and resuming his five-decade career as Kris Kringle.

"Mrs. Claus," 79-year-old Jim Vliet said from the living room of his farmhouse near Thomasboro. "She says no."

Top of the Morning, Dec. 4, 2014

My only beef with the Spike Squad, the rowdy student section that inhabits Huff Hall for Illinois volleyball matches, is their choice of newspaper during opponent introductions (above). Why not The News-Gazette instead of the Daily Illini?

MJ's chat: Which way will Illini go?

As our Marcus Jackson was quick to point out in his postgame video, Illinois has much to work on after Tuesday's loss at Miami.

Especially with Villanova in the hole (American is up first).

Top of the Morning, Dec. 3, 2014

Perhaps you saw Champaign's Angie Kerr on TV on Tuesday morning. A lot of her friends and family sure did.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 2, 2014

Take two: Following up on our stories.

Illini crack AP Top 25

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Illinois today cracked the AP Top 25, checking in at No. 24.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 30, 2014

Lisa Gaye Dixon, a UI theater prof who grew up in Champaign, currently is wowing audiences in her role as the Ghost of Christmas Present in "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

What's her secret?

"Lots of laughter," she said. "And the recognition of the great joy and possibility of this time of year."