Thursday, April 07, 2005

 

Is Illinois gambling sinking? (Chicago Sun-Times)

Is Illinois gambling sinking? ALTON -- Since its inception in 1991, riverboat gambling has delivered an economic bonanza in Illinois, generating billions of dollars for casino owners and for state and local governments hurting for cash.
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University of Illinois Analyst Says Stocks Should Remain Relatively High for Corn, Soybeans (Grainnet.com)

Urbana, IL--With trend yields in 2005, the intended acreage for all crops listed in recent USDA reports would result in adequate supplies for the 2005-06 marketing years, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist.
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Illinois holds elections today (Quad City Times)

It s Election Day in Illinois, and voters in Rock Island County will cast ballots in dozens of races featuring nearly 400 candidates today.
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The Inevitable Matchup: Illinois Vs. UNC (ABC News)

The Inevitable Matchup: Illinois Vs. North Carolina for the National Championship
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OSHA, Formosa Plastics resolve citations from Illinois blast (KGBT 4 Rio Grande Valley)

ILLIOPOLIS, Ill. Formosa Plastics will hire safety experts to review its plans to rebuild an Illinois plant after a deadly explosion. Five workers were killed in last April's blast, while three were hurt.
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Illinois Coach Keeps Grip on Notebooks (AP via Yahoo! News)

The coach of the nation's No. 1 team is a pack rat. Illinois' Bruce Weber shambled into his Final Four news conference on Sunday toting an unwieldy ream of papers, periodicals and news clippings. He just can't bear to part with any of the items he's collected over perhaps the last half of the top-ranked Fighting Illini's magical 37-1 season.
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Illinois Frontcourt Has Chance to Play Big (AP via Yahoo! News)

The Illinois big men have taken so many digs this year, it's a wonder they don't feel small. They're too puny, and not nearly nasty enough. They're one-dimensional. They're not the game-changing force their guards are. Put the Illini up against a team with a stellar frontcourt, the thinking goes, and they will get pushed aside like dust bunnies.
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Illinois Goes Down Fighting (WEEK-TV News 25)

Illinois found itself needing its second 15-point comeback in three games to win a title. But on Monday night, the Fighting Illini came up short against North Carolina.
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Illinois State Rifle Association Pushes for Passage of Gun ControlReform Legislation (U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News)

What: The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) will hold a news conference highlighting several key pieces of gun control reform legislation. ISRA officials along with sponsors of the legislation will be on hand to present the legislation and answer questions for the media.
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College Basketball North Carolina 75, Illinois 70 (WTHR Indianapolis)

old videotape of his father's national championship game. has one of his own. paint and leading the Tar Heels past Illinois 75-70 Monday night. left another with four fouls.
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UNC's message to Illinois: Mayday (The Sporting News via Yahoo! News)

ST. LOUIS -- When all of the story lines of the 2004-05 season stop swirling and the year is condensed to a single sentiment, it will be this: Roy Williams finally got his title.
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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich calls on hospitals to shutdown incinerators (Enviornmental News Link)

SPRINGFIELD, IL (04/01/05) -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich has called on the 11 Illinois hospitals that still burn trash and medical waste on-site to voluntarily stop this practice.
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(Monday, April 4th) Final Score: North Carolina 75, Illinois 70 (Montgomery County Record)

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Sean May scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead North Carolina to its first national championship in 12 years, as the Tar Heels defeated Illinois, 75-70, in the final of the NCAA Tournament at the Edward Jones Dome.
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UNC Beats Illinois for Title (WXIA-TV Atlanta)

UNC Beats Illinois for Title
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Illinois Governor Issues Emergency Rule Requiring Pharmacies To Fill Contraceptive Prescriptions (Medical News Today)

Illinois Gov Rod Blagojevich (D) on Friday issued an emergency rule requiring pharmacies to accept and fill prescriptions for contraceptives "without delay" and established a toll-free number for state residents to report refusals, the...
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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

 

Underdog Illinois gets opportunity to prove itself (Sports Illustrated)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The best team in the country all season is an underdog today. By now, Illinois is used to it.
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North Carolina 75, Illinois 70 (CBS 2 Chicago)

Illinois and Bruce Weber's magical ride is over. The Illini fought back from a 13-point halftime deficit, but the effort came up short in a 75-to-70 loss tonight to North Carolina in the NCAA championship.
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Illinois Meeting UNC for Championship (ABC News)

The Inevitable Matchup: Illinois Meeting North Carolina Tonight for National Championship
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Guard Play Helps Carolina Down Illinois (San Francisco Chronicle)

North Carolina got its big lead with a zone defense that caused Illinois fits. The Tar Heels stayed in front for most of the second half because of Sean May inside. But they won the national championship because Raymond Felton showed why he is...
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Illinois will help small businesses on health insurance (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

To help small businesses, Illinois is setting up a clearinghouse for assistance resources statewide and a consortium to buy health insurance.
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Missed shots doom Illinois' dreams (Houston Chronicle)

ST. LOUIS - At the end of the first half of the NCAA championship game, Illinois coach Bruce Weber wondered where his team's sense of urgency had gone.
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North Carolina holds off Illinois for national championship (The Shelby Star)

ST. LOUIS — In a city dominated by orange, the North Carolina men’s basketball team made the Edward Jones Dome blue Monday night. The Tar Heels ignored a predominately Illinois crowd to fight off the country’s top-ranked team and capture the national championship with 75-70 victory.
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Illinois unleashes on Louisville zone (Herald & Review)

ST. LOUIS - While his team tossed up a few more 3-pointers than he wanted to see, Bruce Weber was happy with the way his Illini pulled apart the Louisville defense. Illinois was 6-of-19 from the arc at halftime and 6-of-11 in the second half.
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Illinois, North Carolina set for championship showdown (Fox Sports)

The amount of senseless chatter between the semifinals and national championship game can be numbing. That's why Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy is here to separate myth from reality and get you ready for Monday night's big Illinois-North Carolina showdown. Full Story ...
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Heels return to No.1 UNC beats Illinois, 75-70, to win its first championship since 1993 (News Observer)

ST. LOUIS -- Carolina wins. It's been heard so many times before, but somehow it meant more Monday as North Carolina won its fourth NCAA men's basketball championship by handing Illinois only its second defeat of the season.
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Thousands of dejected Illinois fans swarm streets, 11 arrests reported (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Michael Onatolu stood in the middle of Green Street and stared. The look on his face expressed the disappointment of Illinois basketball fans everywhere.
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Loss leaves Head, Illinois hurting By Lindsey Willhite (Daily Herald)

ST. LOUIS Luther Head didn t want to leave. As stringy confetti much of it orange and blue fell from the Edward Jones Dome s rafters, Head numbly began walking off the floor after No. 1 Illinois 75-70 loss to No. 2 North Carolina in Monday night s NCAA championship game.
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Tar Heels crush Illinois' dream (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

An otherwise enchanted centennial season for the University of Illinois basketball team came to a bitter end Monday night as the North Carolina Tar Heels won their fourth national title with a 75-70 victory over the Illini.
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North Carolina leads Illinois 40-27 at halftime of title game (The Fresno Bee)

ST. LOUIS (AP) - North Carolina put Illinois in an unfamiliar position at halftime of the national championship game. Behind.
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Illinois feeling the burn (Kansas City Star)

ST. LOUIS — As streamers of various colors pelted the Edward Jones Dome court Monday, Illinois senior guard Luther Head took a seat. Right on the North Carolina bench. They weren't there, however.
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Arc madness: Illinois goes cold with long ball (Herald & Review)

ST. LOUIS - Two days after Illinois coach Bruce Weber scolded his team for taking so many 3-pointers, his group was right back at it on Monday. Illinois, which lived by the 3 all year, went down firing in the NCAA championship game against North Carolina.
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Shooting woes cost Illinois national title (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

ST. LOUIS - Illinois had the right play, and the right person taking the shot. With the game still tied and 16 seconds left, Luther Head darted behind the 3-point line and waited for someone to get him the ball.
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Politicians from Illinois, North Carolina bet food on basketball game (Kansas City Star)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Pride and belly-busting food were on the line for Monday night's NCAA championship game as politicians from Illinois and North Carolina wagered delicacies from barbecue to cheesecake on the outcome.
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Illinois can't find range when it counts most (MSNBC)

Dee Brown of Illinois falls out of bounds during the Illini's 75-70 loss to North Carolina in the NCAA championship game Monday. Brown scored 12 points, but was 2 for 8 on his 3-point attempts.
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Felton outplays Illinois’ (MSNBC)

North Carolina's Raymond Felton drives past Illinois' Dee Brown. Felton made big plays down the stretch in the Tar Heels' win in the national title game on Monday.
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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

 

Guard play helps Carolina down Illinois (The Charlotte Observer)

ST. LOUIS - North Carolina got its big lead with a zone defense that caused Illinois fits. The Tar Heels stayed in front for most of the second half because of Sean May inside.
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Illinois fans pack bars, stadium for big game (Pioneer Press)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illini fans were glued to television sets around campus Monday night as No. 1 Illinois battled North Carolina for the national championship.
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Loss tough to take for Illinois fans (KRON 4 Bay Area)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. One University of Illinois fan says "it just hurts." Thousands of disappointed people filled the streets around the university after Illinois' loss in the championship game of the N-C-A-A basketball tournament.
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Illinois governor issues emergency rule requiring pharmacies to fill contraceptive (Detroit News)

CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich issued an emergency rule Friday that would require pharmacies to accept and fill prescriptions for contraceptives without delay, after a growing number of complaints nationwide that some pharmacists are refusing to dispense birth control pills and the "morning-after" pill.
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Illinois can't get 3-pointers to fall (The State)

ST. LOUIS - When Deron Williams put up what would have been the go-ahead 3-pointer, the entire Illinois bench jumped to its feet, certain another amazing comeback was in the making.But the ball bounced up and over the backboard. And as quickly as Illinois had found its rhythm, it was gone. Five times the Illini tried 3-pointers in the last two minutes, and five times they missed.
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No happy ending for No. 1 Illinois (Sun-Sentinel)

Bruce Weber and his Illinois basketball team will try to remember the journey more than the end. Illinois spent the final 15 weeks of the season ranked No. 1, but North Carolina will be the No. 1 team when the final polls come out after the Tar Heels' 75-70 victory against Illinois on Monday night.
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Illinois-North Carolina a Rare 1-2 Game (AP via Yahoo! News)

It's been 30 years since the top two teams in The Associated Press poll met in college basketball's national championship game. No matter what happens Monday night when top-ranked Illinois faces North Carolina, it won't affect the sport the way the last 1-2 title matchup did.
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Hoax spread like a fungus, but Illinois has no mushroom-hunt fee (Chicago Sun-Times)

SPRINGFIELD -- Mushroom hunters can breathe easier. Despite the rumors, the State of Illinois isn't charging fees and regulating the hobby this spring.
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North Carolina Leads Illinois at Half (ABC News)

North Carolina Leads Illinois at Halftime of NCAA Tournament Title Game
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Illinois loses 4 seniors; Brown might stay (USA Today)

ST. LOUIS - This was the year for Illinois and coach Bruce Weber to make history.
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North Carolina Leads Illinois at Halftime (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Through 20 minutes of action, North Carolina holds a 40-27 lead over Illinois in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament at the Edward Jones Dome.
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Illinois' near-flawless run develops late flaws (USA Today)

Before Monday, Illinois' season was considered nearly perfect, one three-point heave by Ohio State away from a spotless 38-0 ...
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North Carolina Leads Illinois at Half (AP via Yahoo! News)

North Carolina put Illinois in an unfamiliar position at halftime of the national championship game. Behind. Rashad McCants scored 14 points and the Tar Heels closed the first half with a 13-2 run, racing to a surprising 40-27 lead over the once-beaten Illini with 20 minutes left in the title game Monday night.
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Guard Play Helps Carolina Down Illinois (AP via Yahoo! News)

North Carolina got its big lead with a zone defense that caused Illinois fits.
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Illinois Can't Get 3-Pointers to Fall (AP via Yahoo! News)

When Deron Williams put up what would have been the go-ahead 3-pointer, the entire Illinois bench jumped to its feet, certain another amazing comeback was in the making.
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Study Finds Disproportionate Percentage of Illinois Foster Child Abuse is Same Sex (The Illinois Leader)

CHICAGO - Every year, 1% of Illinois foster and subsidized-adoption children are molested and 3% are physically abused, according to an article published in the peer-reviewed publication, Psychological Reports .
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Ameren's Illinois utilities request auction to buy electricity (BizJournals)

Ameren Corp.'s Illinois utilities requested an auction process to buy its future power supply beyond 2006.
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Illinois seeks to restrict access to violent games (Ars Technica)

In his State of the State address last month, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich singled out violent and sexually explicit video games for criticism, and proposed restriction on their sale to minors.
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Iowa coach likes Illini; he faced all of Final 4 (The Indianapolis Star)

The man in the best position to handicap this weekend's Final Four in St. Louis is Iowa coach Steve Alford , and he likes Illinois. Alford's Hawkeyes are the only team to play all four semifinalists this season, and he can't get past the Illini's 36-1 record.
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Illinois focusing on national title (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois' dramatic comeback against Arizona was still the talk of the town two days later. But the Illini players weren't saying much Monday. They already put their amazing finish from Saturday behind them and began focusing on a final goal: the national championship.
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Monday, April 04, 2005

 

Iowa hit by tornadoes; Snow triggers avalanche (KRON 4 Bay Area)

UNDATED The transition from winter to spring is not coming easily. Storms producing hail, high winds and at least five tornadoes have ripped across north-central Iowa. Also reporting damage are parts of Wisconsin and Illinois.
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Illinois Focusing on National Title (Herald & Review)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois' dramatic comeback against Arizona was still the talk of the town two days later. But the Illini players weren't saying much Monday. They already put their amazing finish from Saturday behind them and began focusing on a final goal: the national championship.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

This will be my last article on the history of basketball in Southern Illinois. It has been fun recalling some of the glory and heydays of various communities in Southern Illinois.
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Illinois focusing on national title (First Coast News - Sports)

CHAMPAIGN, IL (AP) -- Illinois' dramatic comeback against Arizona was still the talk of the town two days later. But the Illini players weren't saying much Monday. They already put their amazing finish from Saturday behind them and began focusing on a final goal: the national championship.
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Illinois Focusing on National Title (AP via Yahoo! Asia News)

Illinois' dramatic comeback against Arizona was still the talk of the town two days later.
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Prom on Passover Rankles Teenagers In Illinois Suburb (Forward)

For many American teenagers, the list of essential rites-of-passage is relatively short: Get a driver's license, tear open a college acceptance letter and, whether or not you're destined to be voted king or queen, attend the high school prom.
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Illinois Focusing on National Title (ABC News)

Illinois Focusing on National Title After Dramatic Comeback Against Arizona
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Windy City pipeline propels Illinois (Sun-Sentinel)

The road from Chicago to Champaign, a recruiting trail that had paved so much success for Illinois basketball, appeared to be blocked. It was 1982 and Efrem Winters was a 6-foot-10-inch McDonald's All-American center at King High School.
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University of Illinois plans celebrations for Final Four team (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

_If Illinois defeats Louisville on Saturday, the university will open Assembly Hall for fans to watch Monday's national championship game. The game will be shown on the 16,000-seat arena's scoreboard with no admission charge. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The broadcast is expected to begin at 8 p.m.
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Authorities seize dozens of machine guns in southern Illinois (Kansas City Star)

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. - Ten people were arrested and more than 50 machine guns seized in what authorities called the largest weapon seizure in southern Illinois.
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Authorities seize dozens of machine guns in southern Illinois (Belleville News-Democrat)

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. - Ten people were arrested and more than 50 machine guns seized in what authorities called the largest weapon seizure in southern Illinois.
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NUMBER 1 (New York Post)

NUMBER 1 March 31, 2005 -- ST LOUIS - Illinois coach Bruce Weber is the odd man out.
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Illinois Campaign for Political Reform: Voters Believe State Judges Are Influenced by Campaign Contributors and Party (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)

About 85 percent of voters believe the decisions of Illinois judges are influenced by campaign contributors, political party leaders, and special interest groups, according to a recent public opinion poll.
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See you in St. Louis (Northwest Indiana Times)

CHAMPAIGN | Top-ranked Illinois left Champaign on Wednesday night bound for the Final Four after a rousing sendoff by more than 3,000 orange-clad fans.
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Last Dance (Tampa Tribune)

TAMPA - Because he is 7-foot-2 - the tallest basketball player ever at the University of Illinois - senior center Nick Smith has drawn constant attention. With two more victories, he'll have the type of notice that lasts a lifetime.
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Spring storms hit central and northern Illinois (ABC 7 Chicago)

March 30, 2005 — Spring storms pounded the Chicago area Wednesday night. Hail was a problem all the way from the city to the suburbs. High winds also caused trouble, blowing a truck over and ripping off part of a roof at a southwest suburban sports complex.
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Pitino expects to ratchet up defense against Illinois (San Jose Mercury News)

CHICAGO - (KRT) - Louisville coach Rick Pitino said he plans to watch every game Illinois has played this season and maybe a few from last season before Saturday.
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Final Four promises the unexpected (The State)

One is a 48-year-old newcomer. Two have rings, two don't. Three will leave St. Louis heartbroken, one won't. Crunch the numbers any way you want. What they guarantee is a very intriguing Final Four.Illinois' Bruce Weber, the only member of the coaching quartet who's never ventured this deep into the NCAA tournament, has been calling friends in the business for tips on what to expect.
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Fun facts for hoops junkies to feast upon (The Clarion-Ledger)

Among its famous alumni, Illinois lists Hugh Hefner. But no Playboy bunnies. The waiting list to buy Louisville season tickets is 4,000 names long. Things have changed for Roy Williams.
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Red grapes, the new cancer cure! (Rediff.com)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have claimed that eating flavanoid-rich red grapes can reduce the growth of an enzyme that triggers growth of cancer cells in the human body.
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Illinois savoring 'miracle' finish (The Clarion-Ledger)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois fans will like what Bruce Weber has to say about the possible implications of the Illini's 90-89 overtime victory Saturday night over Arizona.
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Sunday, April 03, 2005

 

Gun-control measures before the Illinois General Assembly (Belleville News-Democrat)

_ HB575: Creates separate offense for each illegal weapon found on a person and requires reporting to authorities lost or stolen weapons; failed in committee.
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Northwest, Delta aim for cost cutting (CNN.com)

CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) -- Northwest Airlines Corp. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have proposed cost-savings plans aimed at offsetting the unprecedented burdens of soaring fuel costs and low-fare competition.
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Obama pushing Pell Grants (Peoria Journal Star)

PEORIA - A plan to make college more affordable will be the first legislation Illinois' new senator introduces in Congress. The bill would increase Pell Grant awards for low-income students, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama told about 200 people at a press conference Wednesday at Bradley University.
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Public split on possible water company deal (Peoria Journal Star)

PEORIA - Private ownership of Peoria's water utility has put residents in a hole, Terry Kohlbuss told attendees at Wednesday's forum about a possible city buyout of the Peoria division of Illinois American Water Co.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

CARBONDALE -- The Southern Illinois University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Northern Iowa with an 8-4 win Easter Sunday at Abe Martin Field.
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ICC OKs tuition increase (Peoria Journal Star)

EAST PEORIA - Students attending Illinois Central College this fall will pay an additional $4 per credit hour. For the fifth straight year, the ICC board of trustees approved a tuition hike, with this one to raise the price nearly 7 percent to $64 per credit hour.
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Northern Illinois hosts Northern Iowa (CSTV's College Sports)

DeKalb, IL (U-WIRE) -- In many ways, the NIU baseball team can relate to Northern Iowa. Both teams were handed similar results after facing Southern Illinois. Northern Iowa traveled to SIU and was handed a three-game sweep. The Huskies avoided a similar fate by winning their third game 9-3 at SIU.
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Charlotte Observer | 03/29/2005 | Illinois latest team of destiny? (The Charlotte Observer)

Illinois latest team of destiny? Roy Williams' coach from T.C. Roberson High in Asheville called him Saturday night while Williams was watching videotape of Wisconsin to prepare for North Carolina's regional final.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

CARBONDALE -- It may have been cold and miserable in Lew Hartzog Stadium Saturday, but no one would have ever guessed by watching the Southern Illinois University track and field teams compete on their home track.
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Man arrested in Orlando in 1996 Illinois county shooting (Miami Herald)

HENNEPIN, Ill. - A man arrested in Florida has been charged with first-degree murder in a nearly decade-old shooting death at a home on a small lake in central Illinois, authorities said Monday.
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Illinois has no time to lose (Chicago Sun-Times)

CHAMPAIGN -- For Bruce Weber, the excitement didn't end with Illinois' thrilling 90-89 overtime victory against Arizona in the championship game of the Chicago Regional.
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Illinois heading on to St. Louis (CSTV's College Sports)

Champaign, IL (U-WIRE) -- What is the better Hollywood script, Illinois coming from fifteen down to beat Arizona in overtime to go to the Final Four, or Illinois senior guard Luther Head helping to lead Illinois to the Final Four with only one good leg?
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Iowa hit by tornadoes; Snow triggers avalanche (KRON 4 Bay Area)

UNDATED The transition from winter to spring is not coming easily. Storms producing hail, high winds and at least five tornadoes have ripped across north-central Iowa. Also reporting damage are parts of Wisconsin and Illinois.
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This trip has new meaning for Pitino (The Charlotte Observer)

ST. LOUIS - Louisville coach Rick Pitino has a finely formed sense of perspective these days. Life-altering experiences in recent years have helped prepare Pitino for this moment: The Final Four, where his Cardinals will face Illinois on Saturday in the Edward Jones Dome.
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Illinois AIDS advocacy training scheduled for April 12-13 in Springfield (The Advocate)

AIDS advocacy training will be held April 12-13 in Springfield, Ill. Participants will learn about current HIV policy issues, how to talk about AIDS with legislators, and develop strategies to raise visibility of and garner support for comprehensive AIDS policy.
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Report says Illinois schools are often not told about enrolled juvenile sex offenders (Daily Chronicle)

CHICAGO (AP) - Police across the state often fail to inform schools officials about young sex offenders in their classrooms because of confusion about Illinois law - confusion that could put students at risk, according to a published report.
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Charlotte Observer | 03/29/2005 | Ken Tysiac | Illinois latest team of destiny? (The Charlotte Observer)

Ken Tysiac | Illinois latest team of destiny? Roy Williams' coach from T.C. Roberson High in Asheville called him Saturday night while Williams was watching videotape of Wisconsin to prepare for North Carolina's regional final.
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Illinois Focusing on National Title (phillyburbs.com)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois' dramatic comeback against Arizona was still the talk of the town two days later. But the Illini players weren't saying much Monday. They already put their amazing finish from Saturday behind them and began focusing on a final goal: the national championship.
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Overdue acclaim (Miami Herald)

A WINNER: Illinois' Deron Williams celebrates the team's 90-89 OT win over Arizona in the Chicago Regional championship game.
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State fair scouts for free talent (Chicago Sun-Times)

SPRINGFIELD -- If you're a performer who doesn't mind playing pro bono, the Illinois State Fair might have a gig for you. Fair organizers are opening their free stages to individuals and musical groups willing to perform without pay this August.
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Saturday, April 02, 2005

 

Illinois Tool Works "outperform," target price raised (New Ratings)

NEW YORK, March 29 (newratings.com) - Analysts at Bear Stearns maintain their "outperform" rating on Illinois Tool Works (ITW.NYS), while raising their estimates for the company. The target price has been raised from $96 to $101.
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Fun facts about the Final Four (USATODAY.com via Yahoo! News)

Things you might know, things you might not know, and things you might not care if you know about the teams in the Final Four: Among its famous alumni, Illinois lists Hugh Hefner. The waiting list to buy Louisville season tickets is 4,000 names long. Roy Williams was so lightly paid as a North Carolina assistant in the 1970s, he made extra money by selling team calendars out of his car.
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Prom on Passover Rankles Teenagers In Illinois Suburb (Forward)

For many American teenagers, the list of essential rites-of-passage is relatively short: Get a driver's license, tear open a college acceptance letter and, whether or not you're destined to be voted king or queen, attend the high school prom.
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Illinois turns focus to Final Four (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois' dramatic comeback against Arizona was still the talk of the town two days later. But the Illini players weren't saying much yesterday. They already put their amazing finish from Saturday behind them and began focusing on a final goal: the national championship.
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Illinois launches network for entrepreneurs seeking growth (BizJournals)

The State of Illinois has launched an entrepreneurship network designed to help business owners create jobs and cut through government red tape, said Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday.
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Arizona's sharp-shooting Stoudamire blocking Illinois' road to St. Louis (Herald & Review)

ROSEMONT - There never was a doubt. When Arizona needed a basket to win Thursday's NCAA regional semifinal game against Oklahoma State, the Wildcats put the ball in the hands of Salim Stoudamire and told him to win it.
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Weber's hard work has Illinois in Final Four (Houston Chronicle)

As a guest on The Tonight Show years ago, comedian George Gobel wryly asked: "Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?"
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Indian mascot remains benched for Final Four (USA Today)

Chief Illiniwek, a student in Native American garb who performs a five-minute halftime show at Illinois home games, has not been ...
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Alford picks Illinois as Final Four favorite (The Des Moines Register)

The coach of the only team to play every qualifier in the Final Four says Illinois is the team to beat. "If you put me out there and I had to pick one, it would be Illinois," Iowa coach Steve Alford said today. "They've found a way to win just about every scenario there is."
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Blago aboard the Illinois train (Daily Southtown)

The color of politics these days is red or blue, depending on how a state voted in the presidential election. But the only color that matters right now to Gov. Rod Blagojevich is Fighting Illini orange.
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New boss says Illinois plant a key to Mitsubishi's revival (Detroit News)

NORMAL, Ill. - The new head of Mitsubishi Motors' lone North American assembly plant says the factory is key to the troubled automaker's turnaround, with its plans to build two redesigned models that he predicts will help reverse the company's sagging sales.
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Illinois playing it close to home (San Jose Mercury News)

MILWAUKEE - (KRT) - Earlier this season, a reporter dubbed the University of Illinois basketball team Destiny's Illini. Now it all makes sense. No doubt Illinois is good, but who could be blamed for thinking that higher powers were at play this season? Think about it.
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Illinois Focusing on National Title (ABC News)

Illinois Focusing on National Title After Dramatic Comeback Against Arizona
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Rallying the pep at Illinois's Hall (CSTV's College Sports)

Champaign, IL (U-WIRE) -- It may have been five days premature, but then again, it's been going on all season. The fans who packed Assembly Hall Wednesday erupted when Will Smith appeared on the Jumbotron, declaring what the fans have known all season: The champ is here.
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Weber: Odd man out: Illinois coach just a 'pup' among the other Final Four generals (Herald & Review)

CHAMPAIGN - Three of them are Final Four veterans. One is not. Two of them know what it's like to cut down the nets on national championship night and a third has danced all around the ladder without ever climbing up it.
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Illinois up against its toughest test (Herald & Review)

ROSEMONT - Late in Thursday night's Oklahoma State-Arizona game, one fact became clear. The winner would be the best team Illinois has played all season.
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INTERMET Announces Plans to Close Decatur, Illinois, Foundry (The Auto Channel)

Closure part of ongoing restructuring activities TROY, Mich., March 29 -- INTERMET Corporation (INMTQ:PK) today announced that it has developed plans to close its ductile- iron foundry in Decatur, Illinois. The company said it intends to meet with Local 6-728 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Workers International Union, which represents hourly employees at the plant, to discuss
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Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, April 9 (Knox College)

Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein will read from his own work at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 9, in the Muelder Room, Seymour Library, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois (15-9) closes out a seven-game homestand Tuesday when it hosts Tennessee-Martin (5-16) at 2 p.m. The Skyhawks are the third Ohio Valley Conference opponent SIU faces in midweek action this season.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois University junior Matt Brewer was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, while Saluki teammate P.J. Finigan garnered Pitcher of the Week honors, announced Monday by the league office.
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Illinois (Grand Forks Herald)

When Illinois lost its regular-season finale at Ohio State, it missed out on the opportunity to become the first unbeaten national champion since Indiana in 1976.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

MARION -- Travis Emery has worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation for 14 years, and he feels that his experiences as an engineer who deals with a multi-million dollar budget would serve him well as a member of the Marion Unit 2 school board.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

CARBONDALE -- For the second time in four years, the Southern Illinois University women's golf team won their home tournament, the Saluki Invitational.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

Making the Grade: Is Bradley's gambling bill discriminatory? If you've read Tim Petrowich's column in this week's paper you know that our newsroom was having a friendly discussion about State Representative John Bradley's bill to remove riverboat gambling form the state of Illinois.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

This will be my last article on the history of basketball in Southern Illinois. It has been fun recalling some of the glory and heydays of various communities in Southern Illinois.
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Lone coach to defeat Illini gives recipe for (possible) victory (USATODAY.com via Yahoo! News)

The suggestions have ranged from the ridiculous (kidnap the starting backcourt) to the sublime (shoot 90% in the second half as Villanova did to beat Georgetown in the 1985 championship game). But the consensus from opposing coaches on how to keep Illinois from winning the NCAA men's basketball title is simple: play your best game and hope the Illini don't play theirs. Even that might not be
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

CARBONDALE -- Hunter Harrigan hit a two-out game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead Southern Illinois (16-9) to a 4-3 win over Tennessee-Martin (5-17) Tuesday in non-league action at Abe Martin Field.
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Illinois coach Zook springs into action (The State Journal-Register)

CHAMPAIGN - New Illinois football coach Ron Zook got his first on-the-field look at his team Tuesday, putting the Illini through a 21/2-hour session to open spring practice.
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Indian mascot remains benched for Final Four (USATODAY.com via Yahoo! News)

Chief Illiniwek, a student in Native American garb who performs a five-minute halftime show at Illinois home games, has not been at the NCAA tournament and will be absent from the Final Four. Illinois has come under pressure from Native Americans to eliminate Illiniwek, and in 2002 Illinois professor Brian Jewett launched www.retirethechief.org.
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Illinois Focusing on National Title (AP via Yahoo! News)

Illinois' dramatic comeback against Arizona was still the talk of the town two days later.
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Morris, Bensko lead Illinois over Indiana St. :: (CSTV's College Sports)

Morris, Bensko lead Illinois over Indiana St.
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Serving Marion, Illinois (Marion Daily Republican)

CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois University football coach Jerry Kill unveiled the team's 2005 11-game schedule on Tuesday. In addition to its traditional Gateway Conference rivals, the Salukis have added a pair of unfamiliar, yet challenging opponents in Western Michigan and North Dakota State.
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March 30, 2005 - 8:41 am - Illinois Seat Belt Sting Yields More Than 100 Citations (WTVO-TV Rockford)

Illinois- Buckle up when you drive or else. Illinois State Police District 16 conducted a seat belt sting from March 16- 22. Troopers handed out 106 citations for failure to wear seat belts.
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Full-court press for Illinois (CSTV's College Sports)

Champaign, IL (U-WIRE) -- Don't bother trying to e-mail Bruce Weber to congratulate him on Illinois' trip to the Final Four. The coach's University e-mail account was shut down a month ago.
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Spring Storms Hit Central Illinois (WEEK-TV News 25)

Central Illinois residents received a sure sign of spring Wednesday afternoon as the skies darkened and the weather warnings blew. A number of counties on both sides of the Illinois River and beyond dealt with spring storms blowing through the area.
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Martalock to perform at halftime of Illinois-UW-M contest (The Tomah Journal)

It's a good year to be on the UW-Milwaukee dance team. Marja Martalock, daughter of Jeff and Lynn Martalock of Tomah, will accompany the Panthers' men's basketball team tonight (Thursday) to Chicago, when UW-Milwaukee faces Illinois in a NCAA men's basketball regional semifinal.
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Without Williams, Illinois doesn't get to Final Four (Journal Gazette & Times Courier)

CHAMPAIGN -- For the longest time, it was the debate without answer. Who's the most valuable player on this University of Illinois basketball team? Dee Brown, Luther Head or Deron Williams?
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Illinois State Police museum opens Friday (Belleville News-Democrat)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A museum celebrating the history of the Illinois State Police with displays of cruisers, uniforms, pictures and other memorabilia is set to open Friday.
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Cameras to nab Illinois work zone speeders starting this summer (Belleville News-Democrat)

PEORIA, Ill. - Motorists who speed through Illinois road construction zones could get pictures of themselves in the mail this summer, along with tickets packing fines of $375 or more, state transportation officials said Wednesday.
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March 30, 2005 - 3:02 pm - Illinois Stateline Hog Processing Plant Gets Grant (WTVO-TV Rockford)

Illinois Stateline- A hog processing company who is considering setting up shop in the stateline got grant Wednesday. Trim-Rite, which is looking at different locations in Illinois, including Freeport, received a $30,000 grant from Governor Rod Blagojevich's Opportunity Returns program.
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Moline native has a hand in Illinois Final Four run (Quad City Times)

Classifieds work. For Moline native Ryan Anderson, checking classified advertisements in the student newspaper at the University of Illinois last fall led to the experience of a lifetime.
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University of Illinois plans celebrations for Final Four team (Belleville News-Democrat)

_If Illinois defeats Louisville on Saturday, the university will open Assembly Hall for fans to watch Monday's national championship game. The game will be shown on the 16,000-seat arena's scoreboard with no admission charge. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The broadcast is expected to begin at 8 p.m.
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