University of Illinois
With the Olympics almost here, we asked 10 who wore their country's colors to share the story that's sure to draw laughs or gasps, no matter how many times they tell it.
CHANTAL (BAILEY) CERMAK
Centennial High alum, Team USA speedskater at '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer
There's still not a lot of enthusiasm in East Central Illinois for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, based on reported campaign contributions.
URBANA — No one calls Robert Jones "Bob." Except Desmond Tutu.
"It just sounds better when he says it," Jones says with a laugh.
Yes, Jones is on a first-name basis with the Nobel Prize winner, a bond forged when he worked on Tutu's program to provide a college education to black South Africans during the dark days of apartheid.
In Sunday's News-Gazette, Loren Tate writes of Lou Henson's return to coaching. The 84-year-old Hall of Famer in May was named special adviser to New Mexico State's program.
I asked his wife if this was the first step toward Lou becoming a head coach again.
"Over my dead body!" Mary Henson said.
I took that as a 'no.'
URBANA — The first two things Robert Jones packed the last time he made a big move? His golf clubs and his downhill skis.
The University of Illinois' new chancellor won't have much use for the latter here but golf is a go — and he'll have his choice of country clubs to play.
CHAMPAIGN — When Stacey Jackson talks about the friendship between Josh Brent and her late son Jerry Brown, she often laughs. The two entered the University of Illinois at the same time, defensive players who signed on to play football for Ron Zook.
A chef at the UI, Jackson was oftentimes tasked with feeding the 300-pound behemoths.
URBANA — Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson is glad to have an end in sight to the balancing act that has been the last 11 months.
Trustee: Wilson not a candidate
University of Illinois trustee James Montgomery said from what he understands, Interim Chancellor Barb Wilson did not seek the full-time position.