Tim Nugent before in an interview with Illinois Public Media in January.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 11, 2015

Tim Nugent, The ‘Father of Accessibility’ at U of I, Dies at 92

Nugent died Wednesday morning.  For years, he advocated for wheelchair-accessible buses, curb cuts, and other amenities that those with disabilities have now used for many years.  His time with the U of I goes back to the late 1940's, when he helped wounded veterans coming back from World War II.

A bandwagon at the Ringling Circus Museum in Florida.
Wikipedia Commons
November 11, 2015

The Bandwagon - Episode Four

Lisa Bralts and Brian Moline are back with another episode of The Bandwagon.  This week, they discuss the U of I, and how the "I" stands for "interim."  They also delve into the Greg Hardy domestic violence story, and the US Soccer Federation's decision to limit heading the ball in youth soccer.

Interim Urbana Chancellor Barbara Wilson announces that Athletic Director Mike Thomas has been fired.
Senait Gebregiorgis/Illinois Public Media
November 09, 2015

U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas Fired

The University of Illinois has fired Athletic Director Mike Thomas. Barbara Wilson, the Interim Chancellor on the Urbana campus, said in a Monday morning news conference that a change in leadership was necessary. She said that "distractions" led to the decision after a law firm's findings brought on the firing of former football coach Tim Beckman at the start of the season. 

Former Illini basketball coach Lou Henson at his home in Champaign.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 09, 2015

Coach Henson Discusses Health, U of I Honors ... And Playing Bridge

It's been another year of health-related setbacks for Lou Henson, the winningest coach in Illini basketball history. About 12 years after battling cancer and encephalitis, he's been diagnosed with pre-leukemia, having to undergo stints of chemotherapy. 

He spoke with Jeff Bossert about how he's feeling, his strict physical routine, and the unveiling of Lou Henson Court.

Brian Moline and Lisa Bralts, posing for a selfie in the studio.
Lisa Bralts/WILL
October 27, 2015

The Bandwagon - Episode Two

You made the mistake of encouraging them, so Brian and Lisa are back for another edition of "The Bandwagon."  Today's topics include Major League Baseball, passionate soccer fans, youth sports, and much more. 

A Cubs fan leaves Wrigley Field after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the New York Mets 8-3 Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago.
David Goldman/AP
October 25, 2015

A Cub Fan’s Post-Mortem

Days after the Chicago Cubs' quick exit from the National League Championship Series at the hands of the New York Mets, Brett Taylor of the Cubs website Bleacher Nation puts the Cubs' 2015 season in perspective with fellow Cub fan Jeff Bossert.

Coach Matt Bollant and members of the U of I Women's Basketball Team scrimmage at the Ubben Basketball Complex August 5.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
October 21, 2015

U of I Argues Women’s BB Players’ Lawsuit Should Be Dismissed

The University of Illinois wants a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by seven former members of the women's basketball team who allege they were the victims of racial discrimination.  The U of I argues that the sovereign immunity that prevents the state from being sued in federal court also covers the state university.

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