We said bye-bye to Burnham Mansion, the late Great Impasta and those funky eclipse glasses, and welcome to the 44th president, the Pride Parade and a Pesotum farm-playing Luke Bryan. As the clock winds down on the 2010s — and the countdown continues to a new Costco in Champaign, a casino in Danville and A/C at last throughout Central High School

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The Illini’s turnaround in football might mean more business for the hard-working helpers from Villa Grove and Heritage schools.

News-Gazette staff writers BOB ASMUSSEN (football) and SCOTT RICHEY (men’s basketball, women’s basketball) are Associated Press Top 25 voters. Here’s how their latest polls compare with the real ones:

Among the discoveries the UI coach made on his way to earning a bachelor’s in business administration 31 years ago: One need not be a neat freak to become a difference-making educator.

The $488,115 collected will be split with Spectra, which provides concessions for UI athletic events, and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics will also have to deduct extra costs such as added security at the games, said Jason Lener, senior associate athletic director.

Unity girls' basketball standout was a formidable scorer before her senior season started, and she's keeping the trend going this season.