Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Oct. 23, 2014

Flyin' Illini Kendall Gill is hopped up to serve as Friday's homecoming parade grand marshal, listing the assignment in his Top 10 moments on campus. "I have been fortunate enough to have had a lot of great things happen to me as an Illini," he said, "which I am truly grateful for."

Top of the Morning, Oct. 22, 2014

Following up on our stories:

Former Urbana mayor Tod Satterthwaite weighed in too late to make last Sunday's "Big Ten," which spotlighted quirky stories from the campaign trail. But his response was too good to omit altogether:

Top of the Morning, Oct. 21, 2014

— The late Wayne McClain impacted people of all shapes and sizes.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 19, 2014


Not that the university needed another reason to recognize Tim McCarthy during next weekend’s homecoming festivities.

Top of the morning, Oct. 18, 2014

Those 50 high school marching bands at Memorial Stadium today aren't the only ones making beautiful music in these parts this weekend. The 50th State Fiddle Contest is Sunday in Effingham.

Here's more courtesy Teresa Foreman of the Illinois Old-time Fiddlers Association:

Wayne McClain: 1954-2014

Wayne McClain was a winner at every stop. But it was his character — even more so than his coaching — that had everyone talking about him in glowing terms after he died Wednesday. A wrapup of our coverage:


Klee: 'There's never been a better one'

Former News-Gazette basketball beat writer Paul Klee offered his thoughts on Wayne McClain today:

Weighing in on Wayne

Got a Wayne McClain story to tell?  

We asked former Illinois basketball beat writer Brett Dawson for his take on the late Wayne McClain. Read it and it's easy to understand why the coach was so revered.

MJ's chat underway

Basketball beat writer Marcus Jackson is dealing with recruiting, Tracy Abrams' future and scholarship numbers during today's online chat, which has started.

Take part or just read along here

Top of the Morning, Oct. 15, 2014

Each fall, Bob Skirvin invites students in his Horticulture 100 class at the University of Illinois to his "apple lab." Each fall, a lot more than just students attend.

"Moms and dads, sisters and brothers, roommates, secretaries, university officials and friends show up both to taste apples and to help us cut up apples for the students to taste," Skirvin said.