URBANA – Former University of Illinois basketball player Rich McBride was sentenced today to two years of conditional discharge and fined $1,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol last fall.
"The cold hard facts are there is a culture of alcohol abuse on campus and precious little is being done to deal with that, " said Champaign County Associate Judge Rich Klaus in declining to impose the least severe penalty requested by McBride's attorney, Mark Lipton of Champaign.
URBANA – When news of the Virginia Tech tragedy broke, Asian-Americans reacted with the same horror as everyone else.
But another concern loomed as reports surfaced that the shooter might be Asian, first from China and then South Korea.
The last time Veda Britt-Handy felt this excited and inspired she was standing on a street corner watching John F. Kennedy and his motorcade travel through Chicago.
Here it was, more than 40 years later, and she had just finished listening to Michelle and Barack Obama address 1,200 women at the Chicago Hilton.
CHAMPAIGN – Fourth-grader Virtuous Thomas pulled a lever on a machine about a half-dozen times and soon had a new key made.
She and 20 classmates from Washington Elementary School made their own keys Thursday morning in the locksmith shop at the University of Illinois Division of Facilities & Services. Then they tried them in a lock to see if they worked.
CHAMPAIGN – As famous sons go, there may not be a precedent for Jeffrey Jordan.
Mainly because there has never been anyone like his father.
Jordan, a senior guard at Loyola Academy and Michael's son, said this morning he will attend and play basketball at Illinois.
URBANA – Diane Marlin fell in love with Orchard Downs in 1971 when she came to the University of Illinois as an undergraduate.
It was a place for walking and biking along tree-lined paths and past playgrounds, gardens and hills. (Yes, hills. Orchard Downs is home to one of the few sledding hills in Champaign-Urbana.)
Sao Tome and Principe, a small island nation straddling the equator off the west coast of Africa, is about the same size as Champaign County and has a population similar to the county's as well.
But the county and the former Portuguese colony, which gained independence in 1975, now have more in common than land mass and number of residents.
The school was atop a hill, and Charles Joseph Smith remembers looking down onto Chicago's Beverly neighborhood and wanting more.
"I wanted to go to regular school so badly," he said, thinking back to his time as a student at the Beacon School for children with special needs.
URBANA – If the University of Illinois has no more use for the Chief Illiniwek logo, the artist who created it wants it back.
An attorney for graphic designer Jack Davis, who created the logo in 1980 and sold it to the university for $210, sent a letter to the UI asserting that Davis has a "right to resume control of the logo and associated rights to it," said UI spokesman Tom Hardy.
CHAMPAIGN – When University of Illinois officials searched for a partner to help make the Global Campus Partnership work, they didn't look far.
More than 1,600 UI students were already enrolled in Parkland College courses, many of them online, and officials tracking outcomes at both schools could see they were excellent.