State Farm Center

The court of the State Farm Center at the University of Illinois (Statefarmcenter.com)

Illinois Honors Lou Henson, Names Court For Former Basketball Coach

The honor is one that Henson’s supporters have long pushed for. And it comes as the 83-year-old Henson deals what he has called pre-leukemia.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2015

Illinois coach John Groce. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Have The Talent, Now Need The Consistency

John Groce’s third year in Champaign comes with higher expectations.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2014

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

Illinois coach 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