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."
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:
— The late Wayne McClain impacted people of all shapes and sizes.
Not that the university needed another reason to recognize Tim McCarthy during next weekend’s homecoming festivities.
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 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:
Former News-Gazette basketball beat writer Paul Klee offered his thoughts on Wayne McClain today:
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.