University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial tailback Mikel Leshoure, a 2006 News-Gazette All-Stater, has made a commitment to join the Illinois football team.
Leshoure made it official Tuesday, visiting with the Illinois coaches at practice. In the Varsity Room parking lot, Leshoure said he decided to make his decision now and not take any other visits.
URBANA – A new bequest to the University of Illinois crop science program will encourage students to study plant breeding, a science at the heart of advances in agriculture.
"The demand is escalating," said UI crop science department head Robert Hoeft. "Seed companies are involved in putting traits into seed; that requires people with knowledge and that affects the number of people seed companies need."
URBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman has asked a faculty and staff committee to come up with a new memorandum of understanding between the university and the donors of a controversial new initiative on campus.
The Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund was established in the summer of 2006 but not launched publicly until last month with an event in the Illini Union featuring Robert Novak and Steve Forbes. Its mission is to promote and advance, through grants, the research and teaching of free market capitalism, limited government, individual rights and responsibilities, and enterprise and entrepreneurship.
SIDNEY – Ken Thurman – everyone around here calls him Kenny – lives in the only farmstead on a stretch of road locals call the Sidney-Philo blacktop.
Just look for the green-and-yellow John Deere mailbox.
URBANA – Air Force Col. Lee Archambault might not be the richest University of Illinois alumnus. But it's safe to say that few, if any, UI alumni have had a more exciting, adrenaline-filled career.
Archambault, 47, is a decorated fighter pilot, a test pilot and one of our country's 100 astronauts. He helped pilot the 118th shuttle mission from June 8-22 when it visited the international space station, a mission that had a few tense moments involving a thermal blanket.
URBANA – In 1964, the Illini football team faced off against the University of Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl.
The north side of the University of Illinois campus (where the Beckman Institute is now located) was largely green space.
CHAMPAIGN – Rain has washed out tonight's University of Illinois homecoming pep rally, but the parade is still scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., according to UI officials.
The parade will begin at the corner of Sixth Street and Lorado Taft Drive in Champaign at 6 p.m.
URBANA – Although another sellout is expected for the University of Illinois football game Saturday, fewer problems with parking are expected than last week.
"We have a good team and we anticipate large crowds," said Kent Brown, assistant athletic director.
MONTICELLO – Charming a group of Monticello residents at a Wednesday luncheon was all in a day's work for Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber.
The coach autographed napkins, posters and even a the Illinois-themed T-shirt worn by a baby, and regaled his audience with stories about his team and coaching experiences.
CHAMPAIGN – It's not exactly the level of Final Four frenzy or the Chicago Bears being in town, but local police are ratcheting up their presence a bit for tonight's Illinois game against Michigan.
The 7 p.m. kickoff means police will work a longer day.