Spencer Patton throwing a pitch.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
September 30, 2016

Bandwagon Bits: Spencer Patton

Urbana native and Chicago Cubs pitcher Spencer Patton joined Lisa, John, and Brian for this week's episode of "The Bandwagon" sports podcast.  Here's a small taste of the discussion.

Tim Nugent
L. Brian Stauffer/ U of I News Bureau
September 21, 2016

New Documentary ‘The Game Changer’ Examines Accessibility Pioneer Nugent’s Early Efforts

When Tim Nugent came home from World War Two – little did he know his efforts to help wounded veterans in the late 40’s at the University of Illinois' former Galesburg campus would later make him the ‘Father of Accessibility’ in Champaign-Urbana, and for college students all over. The new Big Ten Network documentary "The Game Changer" includes film footage from the 1950's, telling the story of how Nugent began his efforts.

Western Michigan defenders close in on Illini quarterback Wes Lunt.
Vashoune Russell
September 19, 2016

Illini Lose Line Of Scrimmage, Game To Western Michigan

An old saying in football is that the game is won or lost in the line. On Saturday, Western Michigan's line outplayed Illinois on both offense and defense. The outcome, a 34-10 drubbing of the home team, demonstrated that the Lovie Smith rebuild will take some time.

A measure heading to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections.
September 15, 2016

Same-Day Voter Registration; Anthem Protests; Baseball Pitching Regulations; Flint Water Collection

On the 21st: We heard from both sides of the debate over same-day voter registration, and talked with a sports columnist about Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests. Plus, we spoke with a surgeon about the effects of over-pitching on high school baseball players, and learned about an effort to help residents of Flint, Michigan, get access to clean water.

United States' Tatyana McFadden competes in the women's 1500-meter T54 athletics event at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday. McFadden won the gold medal.
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September 14, 2016

McFadden Claims 2nd Gold Medal; U Of I Athletes Dominate

University of Illinois graduate Tatyana McFadden has her second gold medal to go with one silver at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She and two colleagues from the U of I (Amanda McGrory and Chelsea McClammer) swept the medals in the women's 1500 meters Tuesday.

Illini head coach Lovie Smith admonishes Ke'Shawn Vaughn after the latter's personal foul.
Vashoune Russell for Illinois Public Media
September 12, 2016

Mental Mistakes Crush Illini Upset Bid

The one-and-one Illinois football team is looking ahead to this Saturday’s game with Western Michigan, as it tries to shake off Saturday’s 48 to 23 loss to North Carolina.  

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith watches during the first quarter of an Saturday's 52-3 win over Murray State Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Bradley Leeb/Associated Press
September 08, 2016

U of I Trustees OK Contract For Coach, Killeen Bonus

University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years. At their meeting Thursday, trustees also signed off on a $100,000 performance bonus for President Tim Killeen. Under his contract, the bonus was the maximum Killeen could have received for reaching performance goals.

Champaign Federation of Teachers logo
Champaign Federation of Teachers Local 1925
September 07, 2016

Champaign Teachers Union Plans Strike Vote

The president of the Champaign Federation of Teachers Local 1925 says a few sticking points remain as talks with Unit 4 administrators continue with a federal mediator. A strike authorization vote is planned for Wednesday, but it doesn't necessarily mean a strike would take place. If no progress is made after negotiations on September 20, proposals from both sides will be on public display for a week, as required by law before a strike can happen.

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith, center, sings the alma mater with the team after Illinois defeated Murray State 52-3 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
Bradley Leeb/Associated Press
September 03, 2016

Illinois Opens Smith Era With 52-3 Win Over Murray State

Wes Lunt threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns and Kendrick Foster ran for a pair of 56-yard touchdowns to give new Illinois coach Lovie Smith his first win, 52-3 over Murray State.

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