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John Groce. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Illinois Trustees Give Groce Extension, Boost Arena Renovation Budget

John Groce is now under contract through the 2018-’19 season.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2014

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U Of I Expected To Boost Arena Renovation Budget

The basketball arena’s renovation budget would increase from $165 million to $169.5 million if the trustees agree. The extra money would cover additional costs related to a new scoreboard, video boards, marquee and other items.

07/24/2014

Illinois coach John Groce. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Wisch: LeBron’s Return Hits Home For Illini Nation

Illini fans can only hope that the next great prep star will stay home in college.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2014

Illinois coach John Groce. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Wisch: A Proposal For The ‘Barnstorming Illini’ In 2015

Illinois has to play five home games outside Champaign next season, but that’s not such a bad thing.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2014

John Groce. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisch: Groce’s Leadership A Bright Spot in Dark Illini Saga

John Groce suspended Darius Paul for an entire season, which was a proper move.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2014

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Reports: Illinois’ Darius Paul Suspended For All Of ’14-’15 Season

Paul had previously been arrested on charges of underage drinking and resisting an officer.

CBS Chicago–05/13/2014

John Groce. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Fall, But Groce’s Arrow Is Still Pointing Up

Illinois has a lot to prove next year after a strong finish to this season.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2014

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Wisch: Suddenly, The Fun Is Back For Illini Basketball

There’s NCAA Tournament hope in Champaign, and that couldn’t have been whispered two weeks ago.

670 The Score–03/04/2014

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Bernstein: College Basketball Around Here Sucks

College basketball has come to die in Chicago, where the five local teams have a .341 winning percentage.

670 The Score–02/23/2014

Illinois coach John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: The More Games, The Better For Young Illini

Illinois would benefit from playing in any postseason tournament, including the third-tier CBI.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2014

Joe Bertrand. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: What Will Illini Hoops Transfers Bring in 2014-’15?

Illinois needs a pick-up from Aaron Cosby, Ahmad Starks and Darius Paul next fall.

CBS Chicago–02/08/2014

Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Mike Thomas’ To-Do List In Champaign

Mike Thomas has plenty to accomplish to earn his pay raise.

CBS Chicago–01/28/2014

John Groce. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisch: Struggling Illini Need To Rediscover Their Toughness

The Illini’s poor start in conference play is all too familiar.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2014

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Illinois Falls To Purdue 66-58

Illinois owned the lead at halftime Wednesday, and they owned an edge on the boards over Purdue that helped the Illini get there. All that changed over the next 20 minutes.

01/15/2014

Illinois coach John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini Ranked No. 23 In AP Poll

For the first time this season, Illinois (13-2, 2-0) has cracked the AP’s Top 25.

670 The Score–01/06/2014

Illinois coach John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Basketball Bouncing Back From Bad Weekend

When it comes to weekends, Illini Nation’s was about on par with Bernie’s.

670 The Score–11/19/2013

John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Nation On Edge As Recruiting Rumors Swirl

Even if the recruiting sky does fall in today, it’s hardly the end of the world for the Illinois program.

670 The Score–11/15/2013

John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Hoops Season Set To Begin, So Breathe Easy

It’s not just a new season for the Fighting Illini basketball team.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Simeon’s Williams Commits To Illinois

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce is certainly making waves in the recruiting process.

11/05/2013

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Wisch: Groce Can Make Big Splash With Curie’s Alexander

It’s a big weekend for second-year head coach John Groce.

670 The Score–10/25/2013

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