University of Illinois

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The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 24, 2016

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.


Centennial High alum, Team USA speedskater at '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer

Tom Kacich: Area donors mostly staying away from Trump, Clinton

There's still not a lot of enthusiasm in East Central Illinois for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, based on reported campaign contributions.

New UI chancellor travels different route

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.

Top of the morning, July 23, 2016

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.'

Country club part of Jones' deal with UI

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.

Mom giving back with son in mind

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.

Wilson happy to end balancing act

URBANA — Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson is glad to have an end in sight to the balancing act that has been the last 11 months.

UPDATED: University of Illinois trustees OK Jones

1:13 P.M.

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.

'I was not looking to go someplace else'

URBANA — Robert Jones wasn't looking for a new job when the University of Illinois — or its search firm — came calling.