With women dominating the world sports stage lately — from the World Cup pitch to center court at Wimbledon — we asked female sports figures with inspiring stories of their own: Who’d you idolize when you were growing up?

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the 43-year-old Mahomet resident who is a senior instructor teaching human nutrition classes at the University of Illinois.

Since 2000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Cathy Pollack and her team have been working to restore and preserve the rare eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea), one of the most beautiful native flowers in Illinois.

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With women dominating the world sports stage lately — from the World Cup pitch to center court at Wimbledon — we asked female sports figures with inspiring stories of their own: Who’d you idolize when you were growing up?

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the 43-year-old Mahomet resident who is a senior instructor teaching human nutrition classes at the University of Illinois.

Since 2000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Cathy Pollack and her team have been working to restore and preserve the rare eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea), one of the most beautiful native flowers in Illinois.

We touched base with UI soccer coach Janet Rayfield a final time before she left Lyon, France, asking her to describe the scene after the U.S. beat the Netherlands for another World Cup championship.

News-Gazette intern Ethan Simmons chats with the Uni High grad and rising freshman at the UI who is a research assistant at both Carle's Mills Breast Cancer Institute and the UI's Laboratory of Integrated Biomedical Micro/Nanotechnology and Applications.

We’re up to 1,743 stories at our ‘UI at 150 Years & Beyond’ website (uofi150.news-gazette.com), with fresh content added daily. Here’s a new batch of 10 former Illini sharing memories about the people and places on campus and around Campustown that they won’t soon forget.

URBANA — A $100 million investment in a quantum engineering project designed to make Illinois a world leader in that emerging technology is among $3 billion in higher education allocations in the new Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the 42-year-old comedian and former Champaign County Humane Society staffer who loves animals.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the Ph.D. candidate in the UI Department of Materials Science and Engineering who has been named the Illinois Innovation Prize winner for 2019.

Private appraisals filed in recent years with the Champaign County Board of Review, obtained through an open-records request, show that the owners of at least two major student apartment complexes in Champaign were concerned about vacancy rates.

In one that was unsealed Friday, his lawyers said finding Ms. Zhang’s remains was "a circumstance over which he had no control. No matter how badly he felt or how desperately he wished he could undo the damage he had caused, he could not guarantee that the victim’s remains would be found.”