Raised in Bourbonnais, educated at the University of Illinois and bred on sports in the Windy City, Dave Wischnowsky is an award-winning Chicago-based journalist. Formerly a Metro reporter and blogger for the Chicago Tribune, Dave now writes the Wisch List, a weekly Chicago-centric syndicated newspaper column, in addition to his work for CBSChicago.com. You can read all of his columns at wischlist.com and follow him on Twitter at @wischlist. Dave and his wife live in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
Illinois football has whiffed on some great signal-callers in the past two decades.
Wisconsin was once in the doldrums and is now a Big Ten power.
Illinois is just 1-17 in Big Ten play under Beckman’s direction.
Ravenous Illinois fans take over Internet polls — what would they do with a real championship team?
Tim Beckman’s boss made it clear upon his hiring that Big Ten success was the goal.
John Groce has Illinois in it to the end so often that he’ll soon land a big fish.
Illinois is 2-0 despite sluggish starts to games.
Since 1998, NIU has a .610 winning percentage, far better than that of Illinois or Northwestern.
Illinois’ football attendance has been dwindling for five straight seasons.
No Illini coach has started with three straight losing seasons since 1977-’79.
People worry when Derrick Rose doesn’t play. Then they worry when he does play.
It’s time to honor the past and further connect Chicago to Champaign.
Illinois’ Big Ten slate starts tough, but there’s opportunity for a strong finish.
The Cubs aren’t ignoring the acquisition of young pitchers. They just haven’t had the right opportunity.
Wes Lunt will emerge as Illinois’ starting quarterback, but Tim Beckman is being patient.
John Groce is casting perhaps the widest net in Illini recruiting history.
Derrick Rose’s apathy toward Carmelo Anthony means the pressure is on to be the man.
White Sox fans turned out in full force to support Frank Thomas.
Few closers have been as dominant as Smith, whose 12th year of HOF eligibility passed without induction.
Don’t blame Illinois’ admission standards for a lack of football talent — the onus is on the coaches.