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Dick Butkus. (Skip Bolen/Getty Images Fox Cable Network)

Wisch: It’s Time The Illini Erect Statues Honoring Butkus, Halas

It’s time to honor the past and further connect Chicago to Champaign.

CBS Chicago–08/26/2014

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

State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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 fans. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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

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

State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: It’s The State Farm Center, But It’ll Always Be ‘The Hall’

Growing up, I always believed that besides the Sears Tower, Assembly Hall’s spaceship-shaped silhouette is the most recognizable of any building in Illinois. And now, just like how the Sears Tower has become the Willis Tower, the Assembly Hall has a new name as well.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2013

State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Assembly Hall Renamed ‘State Farm Center’

The University of Illinois’ home for basketball has a new name.

CBS Chicago–04/29/2013