A former president, a baseball legend, a country music star and a woman who's a powerhouse in American media were among 16 people honored Wednesday at the White House with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
John Ekey fought with a much bigger front court, and came up with 15 rebounds, leading Illinois to a 64-52 win over Valparaiso Wednesday night.
Five players scored in double figures as Illinois topped Alabama's Jacksonville State 86 to 62 Sunday night in Champaign, improving to 2-0.
Although she just completed a marathon ‘Grand Slam’ with victories in four cities, University of Illinois senior and wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden doesn’t get much time to relax.
The Chicago Cubs have made it official and hired Rick Renteria as their new manager.
The Illini men wrapped up their pre-season schedule last night with an 83-67 win over the Northwood Timberwolves of Midland, Michigan.
Connor Cook threw for three touchdowns and Michigan State's defense locked down Illinois Saturday on the way to a 42-3 win.
The Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) used a big defensive stand and a back-breaking drive to crush the Illini, scoring 14 points in the second, third, and fourth quarters.
Illinois (3-4, 0-3) was trailing 7-3 midway through the second quarter when it failed twice to punch the ball in from the Spartans 1-yard line. Michigan State took over and drove 99 yards for a touchdown. Cook found receiver Bennie Fowler from 18 yards for a 14-3 lead.
The Fighting Illini are in the midst of a 17-game losing streak to Big Ten opponents. Despite the lopsided loss, Fighting Illini Coach Tim Beckman said he felt there's a lot left to play for in the 2013 campaign.
"You've got five games left, we're 3-4, we're not 0-7," he said. "(We've) felt success, I believe in every one of these football players that we have, and our job as a coaching staff and as a football team and everybody involved in this family is to move forward and know we've got to get ourselves ready for Penn State (on the road next Saturday.)"
Cook finished an efficient 15-of-16 for 208 yards. Tailback Jeremy Langford had 104 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.
The Spartans defense came into the game ranked first in the nation in total defense and held Illinois to just 128 yards. That included 25 on the ground.
Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was 13-of-21 for 103 yards and an interception.
The Illini men topped McKendree University 101 to 66 Thursday night in the exhibition opener, at Champaign’s State Farm Center.
Mark Carlson was involved in sports throughout his youth, including two years behind the plate at Parkland College in Champaign. But the former college baseball player and Joliet native recognized by his 1989 graduation that he wouldn’t have a career as an athlete.
A longtime backer of Chief Illiniwek says he is happy with an agreement on the continued use of the controversial former symbol of the University of Illinois.