Sen. Paul Faraci discusses first month in office, Pritzker’s speech and more

URBANA — Paul Faraci has completed his first month as a state senator.  The Champaign Democrat was appointed by party leadership in Champaign and Vermilion counties to replace his friend Scott Bennett, who died suddenly in December at the age of 45.  Faraci says he’s enjoyed his new job despite the circumstances leading to his […]

Illinois women blow out Penn State 85-62 for win number 20

CHAMPAIGN — On the day the Fighting Illini athletic department raised a banner honoring Theresa Grentz to the rafters of State Farm Center, the Illinois women’s basketball team accomplished something it had only done once since Grentz was its head coach: win 20 games in a season.  The Illini ran away from Penn State on […]

Illini women use big second half run to top Nebraska 72-64

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois women’s basketball team used a 20-0 second half run to push past Nebraska Thursday night 72-64. The Illini (19-6 overall, 9-5 Big Ten) lost starting guard Genesis Bryant to injury in the first quarter, but Jayla Oden played well off the bench in Bryant’s absence, scoring 12 points and adding […]

Illinois women top Minnesota for highest win total in ten years, 69-62

Basketball player making layup

CHAMPAIGN — The last time the Illinois women’s basketball team won 18 games, Barack Obama had just started his second term as president. The Fighting Illini matched that total with a 69-62 win over Minnesota on Sunday in front of 4,533 fans at State Farm Center in Champaign. Makira Cook led Illinois with 21 points, […]

Sinfonia da Camera to perform Beethoven and Dvorak Saturday night

Graphic for Saturday night's concert

URBANA — Sinfonia da Camera, the chamber orchestra in-residence at the University of Illinois, holds its first concert of the year Saturday night at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. The program will feature two popular 19th century works, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, known as the “pastoral” symphony, and the […]

Illini women win 7th straight, topping Northwestern 85-79

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team held on to beat Northwestern Thursday night, 85-79 in Champaign.  Kendall Bostic notched another double-double for the Illini, grabbing 16 rebounds and scoring 15 points. It was Bostic’s fifth double this season.  Illinois led by 18 points at halftime, but the outcome was in doubt until Bostic converted […]

Illini women knock off No. 12 Iowa 90-86

CHAMPAIGN — The one thing missing from the Illinois women’s basketball team’s resume this season was a win over a ranked opponent. No longer. The Illini topped No. 12 Iowa 90-86 on New Year’s Day in front of a boisterous crowd of 4803 at State Farm Center. Junior guard Genesis Bryant continued her breakout season […]

Bryant’s triple double leads Illini women past FAU 81-46

CHAMPAIGN — Genesis Bryant dazzled a matinee crowd at State Farm Center on Wednesday, notching a triple double in a blowout 81-46 win over Florida Atlantic. Bryant, filling in for starting point guard Makira Cook for the second straight game because of illness, scored 22 points, grabbed ten rebounds and dished out twelve assists. After […]

Illini women get ‘Braggin’ Rights’ over Mizzou 76-66

COLUMBIA, Mo. — No Makira Cook? No problem for the Illinois women’s basketball team. The Illini women won without their leading scorer 76-66 at Missouri on Sunday in the annual “Braggin’ Rights” matchup between the two schools. Cook did not travel with the team to Missouri due to illness. Head coach Shauna Green says the […]

217 Today: Combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022 Today’s headlines:  Survivors of gun violence and those close to it are talking to Illinois lawmakers about a proposal to ban assault weapons and large capacity magazines.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun its latest Census of Agriculture.  Champaign Unit 4 families have a new option to consider as the […]

Illinois women edge Butler 65-63

INDIANAPOLIS — The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team held on for a 65-63 win at Butler yesterday.  Junior guard Makira Cook led Illinois with 22 points. Adailia McKenzie added 13 points and 12 rebounds.  The Illini led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter before the Bulldogs made a late push.  Illinois […]

Illinois to face Mississippi State in ReliaQuest Bowl Jan. 2

CHAMPAIGN — The Fighting Illini football team is headed to Florida. The team announced Sunday afternoon that it has accepted an invitation to play in the ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 2. They’ll face the Mississippi State Bulldogs from the SEC. Both teams finished with 8-4 regular season records. Illinois head coach Bret Bielema […]

Hot shooting Illini women blow out Pittsburgh 92-71

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team won just seven games all of last season. They’ve equaled that total this season in just eight games. Behind hot shooting both inside and out, Illinois blasted Pittsburgh 92-71 to improve to 7-1. Adalia McKenzie tallied a career high 24 points. Three other Illini scored in […]