University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN – Sponsors of the annual "Innovation Celebration" event are seeking nominees for eight awards honoring innovation and entrepreneurship.
The celebration, which got its start two years ago, recognizes people who have made significant contributions, taken risks or provided leadership to help ensure the economic success of Champaign County.
SAVOY – Never mind that the Illini were outmatched 49-17 in the Rose Bowl.
Never mind that the temperature barely made it into double digits Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN – Teddy Eddleman, wife of the late "Dike" Eddleman, said the 1947 Rose Bowl trip was a special one in many ways and is looking forward to a return to Pasadena.
Dike, a three-sport star with 11 letters in football, basketball and track, played halfback and punted for the Illini football team. But he did not fly out with the team for the game, playing with the UI basketball team in two games at Berkeley before joining the football team.
One street divides Edison Middle School from the main branch of the Champaign Public Library and, for dozens of students, that street might as well be a slash dividing their day: school/after school.
"As soon as school lets out, within three or four minutes, we have a good influx of kids," said Kristina Hoerner, the library's adult services manager. "It is for some of them a place for them to continue their day with their friends a little bit longer.
CHAMPAIGN – Melissa Mitchell of Champaign said the realization hit her about 22 years ago.
She had watched football games through the years – mostly to please boyfriends – but one day she realized she just didn't care about football or spectator sports. At all.
In California, Illini fans will gather at the Brookside Golf Course near the Rose Bowl stadium for a pregame tailgate.
In Urbana, fans can join in the excitement by visiting the University of Illinois Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The University of Illinois could bring in about $2.3 million from participating in the Rose Bowl, but it's not cheap to fly the players, coaches, band members and others out to Pasadena.
The UI will spend upwards of $2 million to go to the Rose Bowl, officials estimate.
CHAMPAIGN – Ticket to the game: $135. Tour package: $2,200.
A chance to see the Tournament of Roses parade in person after watching it on TV all her life: Well, let's just say it's worth an awful lot to Betty Sappenfield.
URBANA – The University of Illinois is still planning to redevelop Orchard Downs, the family and graduate housing community south of campus.
It's just taking a little longer than expected to put those plans together.
CHAMPAIGN – If all goes as planned – the glamour of riding 2,000 miles on a Greyhound bus, sleeping on a floor near a California beach, New Year's with hundreds of Illini, watching the Rose Bowl on press passes – seven college journalists will probably never forget their trip to Pasadena.
The journalists work for the Daily Illini and WPGU-FM, both part of the Illini Media Company. They leave Chicago the day after Christmas and come back Jan. 4.