The crowd listens in as Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood guest stars on the final radio show of last basketball season at the Esquire on Monday, April 2, 2018.

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At 5 tonight, Matt Daniels and the News-Gazette sports staff return to the Esquire Lounge in downtown Champaign for their weekly — and lively — radio show.

Among the guests: Illinois AD Josh Whitman.

Hosted by Steve Kelly and also featuring staff writers Bob Asmussen and Scott Richey, the Monday night SportsTalk gang will break down the Illini football team’s 31-23 victory against Connecticut on Saturday. There will also be plenty of Illini men’s basketball talk and much more.

Fans should come join the fun.

Other reasons for you to mark your calendar:

— At 7 tonight, News-Gazette Media Vice President Jim Rossow, Editor Jeff D’Alessio and Mr. Mailbag, Tom Kacich, hold another in their series of popular Meet the Editors.

Bring your questions — and suggestions — to the Robeson Pavilion Room B at the Champaign Public Library’s main branch for the 90-minute give-and-take.

— Tickets are on sale for the 12th annual Forty Under 40 banquet. Each of the honorees has gotten their picture taken in our downtown Champaign studios, and now we’ll honor them at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Visit to purchase tickets, which cost $25 and include lunch. If you have any questions, contact Christine Walsh at 217-351-5695.

Can’t make it to the banquet but still want to learn about this year’s class? The winners will be featured in the next issue of Central Illinois Business, which will be available the first week of October. A subscription to the quarterly magazine is free by signing up at

— Later this year, nominations will open for our popular Seventy Over 70, where we’ll honor a host of local do-gooders and lifelong learners.


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Mike Goebel is managing editor of The News-Gazette. His email is