October 1, 2010 |
Faculty leaders at the University of Illinois-Chicago are weighing whether to ask the board of trustees to reconsider its controversial decision to deny emeritus status to retired professor William Ayers. It's the latest twist in a showdown 40 years in the making between Ayers, a Vietnam War-era radical who later joined the university faculty, and Christopher Kennedy, the university's board chairman, who was 4 when his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated. With a passionate speech last week, Kennedy voted against Ayers' appointment, saying he was guided by his conscience and could not support someone who had dedicated a book to the man who assassinated his father.
August 19, 2009 |
When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from "The Dark Knight" began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was: Who is behind the image? Was it an ultra-conservative grass-roots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain? Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago. Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software.
August 9, 2008 |
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time: No. 20 Illinois An informal poll conducted by Rankman found Ron Zook to be the Big Ten coach most likely to crush a beer can on his head. The man is intense . . . and he could use singing lessons. His mangling of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at a Cubs game at Wrigley Field last spring was Zook's worst performance since last January's rendering of "Take Me Out to the Rose Bowl."
December 31, 2007 |
There is something about the act of bursting across the line of scrimmage, sprinting toward the punter, stretching for the ball. Vontae Davis says he was made for blocking punts. "I've just got a knack for the football," he said. "It's just something that comes natural." The Illinois cornerback made himself a star on special teams this season, beginning with the opening game against nationally ranked Missouri when he blocked a punt, grabbed the ball and ran two yards for a touchdown.
December 31, 2007 |
The stadium sits between a cemetery and railroad tracks where long chains of boxcars rattle past at midday. A few nearby businesses -- but not too many -- put out signs wishing the team well. Only a scattering of orange-and-blue shirts can be seen among the crowds at the shopping mall off Interstate 74. Though the people of Champaign are loyal fans of Illinois football, this is not a town in the manner of Lincoln or Baton Rouge where life revolves around Saturday afternoons.
December 29, 2007 |
For all the variations in the Illinois offense -- the option plays, the traps and long passes -- maybe the biggest trickery occurs before the snap. About 80% of the time, the Fighting Illini skip the huddle and go straight to the line of scrimmage. Sometimes they snap the ball quickly, other times they hesitate to look over the defense and signal adjustments from the sideline. Either way, the no-huddle attack forces opponents to line up right away and limits defensive substitutions.