Top of the Morning, Nov. 18, 2018

If you attended the first Illinois men's basketball game this season — a home exhibition against Illinois Wesleyan — chances are you bumped into an usher named Blobaum.

Emil (81) and Carolyn Blobaum (78) have been fixtures at State Farm Center for years. On Nov. 2, the couple from Royal was joined by their son, Devin (52), and grandson, Connor (18), who are rookie ushers.

LIVE! Iowa

Iowa 63, Illinois 0 — FINAL

Oof. Hard to see a loss like this one in a positive light.

Illinois and Iowa were actually playing a competitive game through the first quarter, with the Hawkeyes leading 7-0 after the first 15 minutes.

UI cop files complaint over his harassment investigation becoming public

URBANA — A University of Illinois police officer who was the subject of a sexual-harassment investigation has filed a complaint with the department about the information becoming public.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Robert Jones has met with some of the police department's female officers and is reviewing how to address their concerns, according to a campus spokeswoman.

UI to review DeVos' proposed overhaul of sexual-misconduct guidelines

URBANA — The University of Illinois says it will ask working groups "representing every constituency" from its three campuses to review proposed new regulations from the U.S. Department of Education on how colleges should handle student sexual-misconduct complaints.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 17, 2018

Like every other Junior Reporter we've sent to Memorial Stadium to cover Illinois football, AUSTIN BROWN's name was randomly selected.

What's different is no one knows who put his name in the hopper in the first place.

The fifth-grader from Danville was anonymously nominated — for us, that's a first — and to this day, he doesn't have a clue who did it.

Unit 4 board: If teachers strike, district will be shuttered

CHAMPAIGN — If Unit 4 teachers go on strike nine days from now, all of the district's buildings will be shut down.

County board seeks second extension on nursing home sale till March

URBANA — A Chicago law firm has filed a second request with state regulators for an extension to finalize the sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home — this time seeking an additional three months.

If this extension is approved, the county could continue to be the owner of the financially ailing nursing home until March 1, 2019.

This day in history, Nov. 17, 2018

Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2018. There are 44 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Nov. 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Fla.: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."

On this date

Area history, Nov. 17, 2018

Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, Illinois played its only football game of the year at Illinois Field due to the war and to the influenza epidemic. Tickets cost 85 cents. Illinois won the game, which was played in the mud, 13-0.

UPDATE: 1 dead, 4 hurt in head-on crash on U.S. 45 near Thomasboro

UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.:

URBANA — The driver of a vehicle involved in a head-on collision with a garbage truck Friday afternoon on U.S. 45 south of Thomasboro has died.