December 18, 2013 |
Southern Illinois basketball Coach Barry Hinson delivered a rant for the ages Tuesday night following a 73-65 loss to Murray State that dropped the Salukis to 2-8. Remember when Oklahoma State football Coach Mike Gundy had the meltdown to end all meltdowns in defense of one of his players? (Of course you do.) Well, this was kind of the opposite. Though Hinson reached Gundy's level of intensity at certain points during his five-plus minutes of public venting, he actually ripped into his players, taking no prisoners along the way. "It's unbelievable how our starting guards played," he said during the loudest, angriest portion of the tirade.
November 29, 2013 |
Nine days after a tornado destroyed Jacob Montgomery's apartment in Washington, Ill., rescue workers found his 6-month-old pit bull in the wreckage, coaxing him out with hot dogs, Illinois National Guard officials reported. Montgomery, a military police officer with the Illinois National Guard, survived the Nov. 17 disaster but couldn't find his dog Dexter after searching several times in the rubble of what used to be his third-floor apartment, the National Guard reported on Facebook.
November 20, 2013 |
Verbum Dei senior defensive end-linebacker Jabril Frazier has picked up a scholarship offer from Illinois. He previously had offers from Arizona, Utah, San Diego State and Houston. He had 17 sacks this season. Servite junior receiver Equanimeous St. Brown picked up three more offers this week from Utah, Northwestern and Arizona. He also has offers from Indiana, San Diego State, Washington State and Illinois. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
November 20, 2013 |
Illinois has joined 15 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing same-sex marriage after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation on Wednesday. The signing, in front of a wildly cheering crowd at the University of Illinois, had been expected after the House gave final passage to the bill Nov 6. The law becomes effective June 1. Surrounded by dignitaries including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Quinn started by asking for silence for the six residents of his state who died recently in severe storms that swept through the Midwest. “In our great country we are all in this together,” he said, setting the tone of working together that marked the celebration of the law. There was a mood of euphoria as public officials praised efforts by grass-roots groups to pass the law. The theme among the officials is that the state has finally taken a long-overdue step in extending civil rights to gays.
November 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON, Ill. - The tornado that leveled Beth and Dennis Doolans' home scattered their belongings like trash, a fate shared by many residents in the twisters' path. Sometime later and some 80 miles away, a photograph fluttered into a yard. It was one of the Doolans' favorites, taken on their 40th anniversary. A friend spotted it on a Facebook page for lost possessions and contacted the Doolans' daughter Monday. "There were tears of joy when I told them," said their daughter, Lisa Hoffman.
November 17, 2013 |
A rare November tornado destroyed homes as it ripped through at least two central Illinois towns Sunday, as authorities moved quickly to respond. There were reports of some three-dozen injuries and residents were said to be trapped in the wreckage. In Tazewell County, Ill., county spokeswoman Sara Sparkman told The Times that there were “whole neighborhoods where there's nothing left” in the towns of Washington and Pekin. “We have heard of minor injuries," Sparkman said, an assessment echoed by county emergency personnel immediately after the twister, which uprooted trees and power lines while smashing homes into rubble.