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July 22-28, 2013
ISS takes the student loan debt crusade to state reps Student senator Tony Fiorentino will meet with state legislators to discuss the rising loan rates BY ELIOT SILL STAFF WRITER
You might say student senator Tony Fiorentino is a dreamer. But he’s not the only one. In fighting for student loan fairness, Fiorentino looks forward to this coming school year, imagining all the people he can enlist to join him and the Illinois Student Senate in fighting for something he views as “the civil rights issue of our generation.” ISS has met with national lawmakers to advocate for policy change, but Fiorentino knows they need more than that to make the kind of impact they’re looking for. “If (students) can aggregate our votes, and enough students come out and show lawmakers that ... there are going to be electoral consequences to what they’re doing and what they’re not doing, then we can get somewhere,” he said. ISS is taking its fight to a different battlefront in August, approaching state legislators, specifically members of the Higher Education Committee, to try and schedule hearings in Springfield to give students a chance to state their case against what student loan debt is doing to their lives. Fiorentino said ISS will call upon Sen. Dick Durbin, one of the few members of Congress who has come out against the current student loan system, to organize hearings at a federal level. More than three weeks after the passing of the original July 1 deadline, Congress is set to vote on a comprehensive plan regarding student loan interest rates this week. The proposed plan would tie loan interest rates to the market rates for treasury bonds, switching from fixed rates to variable fixed rates. This system would make interest rates lower in the short run, but set caps on the interest rates that are much higher than the current caps. The Undergraduate Stafford loan interest rates would be 3.86 percent, with a rate cap of 8.25 percent. The current rate is 6.8 percent after rates doubled July 1. Graduate Stafford loan caps would go from 6.8 to 9.5 percent, and PLUS loan borrowers would see their rate limits rise from 6.8 up to 10.5 percent. “I think (the high rate caps) are a concern,” said Dan Mann, director of financial aid for the University. “But I’m also looking at the bigger picture for right now, and all these interest rates would make the loans cheaper for our current students right now, and I think as long as the interest rates stay kind of
where they’re at, what’s being proposed is going to be better for students than what the current rates are. ... Clearly these rates are good for the current year and for the near future.” The plan includes a provision that would set the rates retroactive to the July 1 deadline. Mann said the University hasn’t subscribed to any of the various specific student loan plans that have been proposed by the national legislature, but would definitely like to see a permanent plan put in place for loan rates. “The last two years, we’ve been in the situation where we’ve been waiting for Congress to figure out what the interest rates are,” Mann said. “Last year they (extended the current rates) right before the July 1 deadline. … We would like not to be in this situation each year.” Fiorentino, who has over $120,000 in student loan debt heading into his final year of graduate school, sees the current rates as being “artificially low.” “Once the federal reserve backs up on that policy,” Fiorentino said, “interest rates are going to skyrocket and you’re going to see them go up.” Fiorentino has voiced skepticism bordering on cynicism regarding the student loan policy, under the logic that banks provide campaign funds to politicians, who in turn ensure that banks can maximize profits from student loans. He said the conversation surrounding interest rates is a “red herring,” steering the public away from a different conversation — one about lowing the cost of college entirely so that students don’t need to plunge headlong into loan debt. “One of the problems with having this debate about interest rates is that’s predicated on the assumption that students should have to borrow money to go to college. “You have to remember, these lawmakers, they graduated in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when college cost a fourth of what it does now,” he added. “And then they have the temerity to tell us what the policy should be and why the interest rates should go up. They didn’t even have to borrow money because it was so cheap. They climbed the economic ladder now that they’re at the top, they kicked it down for the rest of us.” When Fiorentino and ISS carry out their efforts to organize students, he doesn’t plan on just asking for lower loan rates. He plans on informing students of the systemic change he sees as necessary and getting them to advocate for provisions such as bankruptcy protection and a statute of limita-
tions on loan collection. He also thinks government caps should be set on the amount students can borrow. “If the federal government were to limit what students can borrow in the first place, you would see tuition go down proportionately,” he said. “Schools are not going to charge more than what students can take out; they wanna make sure that they have students coming in. So these limitless borrowing levels from the federal reserve have a big role in the skyrocketing tuition rates that we’re seeing.” Mann said while the rising cost of college is affecting families, it’s not a simple fix. “Clearly when you look at the information around the country in polls, many students and families think that the cost of education has increased to a point where it’s not affordable by many families,” Mann said. “I think in looking at college costs, it’s a very complex issue. Many colleges and universities, especially public colleges and universities, have had to increase their tuition rates because of reduction in state support.” Just how much does Fiorentino want to see the cost of college reduced? “I think a victory would look like would be getting college to cost the same price that it did, adjusting for inflation, in 1967,” he said. Fiorentino cites 1967 because that’s the year Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan — who “has de-funded through his appropriations bill, our public universities over the past 15 years,” Fiorentino adds — graduated from college. A year of tuition and fees in 1967 was $270, $1,880 when adjusted for inflation. While a decrease of over 90 percent is unlikely, Fiorentino and ISS will see what gains they can make as they start meeting with state legislators in August. ISS will meet with Naomi Jakobsson, the Chairwoman of the Higher Education Committee and Illinois House Representative of the University’s district, on August 21.
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Aurora remembers shooting victims Coloradans still struggling to understand last year’s tragedy BY DAN ELLIOTT AND THOMAS PEIPERT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
AURORA, Colo. — Some recited the names of the dead. Some did good deeds for their neighbors. Some practiced yoga, walked through nature, or simply talked. And two got married. Coloradans embraced ways to heal Saturday as they marked the anniversary of the Aurora movie theater massacre with a city-sponsored “Day of Remembrance.” It was one year ago that a gunman opened fi re into a packed midnight screening of the Batman fi lm “The Dark Knight Rises.” The rampage lasted less than two minutes but left deep wounds that still ache in Aurora, Colorado’s third-largest city which spreads out across the rolling plains on Denver’s eastern side. Twelve people died, including a 6-year-old girl. Seventy were hurt, some of them paralyzed. Countless others inside the theater and out bear the invisible wounds of emotional trauma. Parents, siblings and survivors of those slain attended a morning ceremony of
prayer, song and remembrance outside Aurora’s city hall. Several hundred people — including police, fire personnel and members of Colorado’s congressional delegation — bowed their heads as the names of dead were read. A small bell tolled after each. The Hinkley High School choir sang “Amazing Grace.” “One year ago, the peace of our community was shattered,” Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said. “We are still seeking justice.” “It is important for us to remember that one senseless act does not, cannot and will not define us as a community,” Hogan added. “This is a story of resilience, not just of Aurora but of humankind.” Gov. John Hickenlooper told the crowd that many people still struggle with unanswered questions. “I know I do,” Hickenlooper said. Dr. Camilla Sasson, an emergency room physician at the University of Colorado, struggled through tears as she recounted the efforts of police and medical personnel to save lives. “It is absolutely a miracle that 58 people survived that night,” she said.
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Jasmine Christman, left, is comforted by her mother Yulanda Vega Jordan, center, and father Jack Jordan during a memorial service in Aurora, Colo., on Saturday. Coloradans marked the one-year anniversary of the Aurora movie theater massacre with a city-sponsored “Day of Remembrance.”
July 22-28, 2013
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Hopkins joins Soyuz space flight crew Former Illini set to journey to the International Space Station in September BY LANRE ALABI STAFF WRITER
Along with experienced Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryzansky, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins fielded some questions last Wednesday. The trio was at a press conference held for the crew members of the yet launched Soyuz TMA-10M that is scheduled for take-off on September 23 and dock at the International Space Station the next day. Hopkins will make the trip as Flight Engineer on the Soyuz and then remain at the ISS for Expeditions 37 & 38. “I’m very fortunate,” Hopkins said of his preparation. “I backed up Chris Cassidy who is a very experienced space flier, and I have Steve Swanson in the back of me as well as an experienced guy and then my commander, Oleg Kotov. Having those folks around as you are going through training has been fantastic because they are able to give you those little nuggets that often you don’t hear in the classroom.” Born in Lebanon, Mo., Michael S. Hopkins was raised on a farm in the small town of Richland, Mo. After high school in 1987, Hopkins became a student at the University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering during his time here while also competing as a defensive back for the Illini football team and being a member of the Air Force ROTC. When asked about the institution, Hopkins spoke highly of the school and even made a prediction that most Illini fans will be praying for. “First huge impact I can say is I met my wife there,” Hopkins said. “She has been a huge part of this adventure we’ve been on, and I’ll say that has to be the biggest impact I have had from Illinois. Second, as Sergey alluded to earlier is that every step we have gone through is important. Not only the school aspect of Illinois but from being part of the football team, ROTC and a fraternity. You make lifelong friendships; learn how to be a part of a team and of the community and that has all shaped my opportunity to be here.” “I’m excited about the upcoming season,” he added “It will be coach (Tim) Beckman’s second season. As far as predictions go, I think we’ll see a winning season and hopefully a bowl game. I expect very good things from the Illini.”
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From graduation in 1991 until 2008, Hopkins earned his master’s at Stanford and pursued a successful career in the military. The military career saw him go through flight school then a language school and ultimately pursue a degree in political science degree in Italy. His time in the Air Force saw him rise from second Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel. In 2008, Hopkins assigned as a special assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. While he was still serving in his role for the VJCS in June 2009, Hopkins was assigned to be an astronaut candidate. He began training in August 2009 as a member of the NASA Astronaut Group 20 and the entire class graduated as astronauts in November 2011. With the voyage in September, Hopkins will be the first astronaut from that class to journey into space. “One of the secrets you learn about space flight is that it is different for everybody,” Hopkins said. “You are not really sure how you are going to react once you get up into space. We are going to be a little bit of ‘wait and see’ because for the most part it depends on the individual. As far as the class goes, somebody had to be first. It only means that I’m the first, but I won’t be the only one. I can’t wait to see the rest of my classmates getting here and going through their own press conferences.” During the time left before the launch and even while he’s in space, Hopkins will also lead a charge in health consciousness. They launched the #TrainLikeMike movement on social media to serve as a motivational tool to others. “The Train Like an Astronaut program has been going on for several years now,” Hopkins said. “The focus is to encourage kids to get out and exercise and increase their fitness. Fitness has been a huge part of my life growing up, and it still is now. I will be doing it from now until when we get back, and you can see my regimen, and we’ll even be uploading video clips of my workouts. I’m joining along with that, looking forward to participate in it and even getting people to join me.”
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Detroit files for Chapter 9 bankruptcy Manufacturing city’s plight not uncommon for those in the Rust Belt BY SHARON COHEN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Blue-collar workers poured into the cavernous auto plants of Detroit for generations, confident that a sturdy back and strong work ethic would bring them a house, a car and economic security. It was a place where the American dream came true. It came true in cities across the industrial heartland, from Chicago’s meatpacking plants to the fire-belching steel mills of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. It came true for decades, as manufacturing brought prosperity to big cities in states around the Great Lakes and those who called them home. Detroit was the affluent capital, a city with its own emblematic musical sound and a storied union movement that drew Democratic presidential candidates to Cadillac Square every four years to kick off campaigns at Labor Day rallies. The good times would not last forever. As the nation’s economy began to shift from the business of making things, that line of work met the force of foreign competition. Goodpaying assembly line jobs dried up as factories that made the cars and supplied the steel closed their doors. The survivors of the decline, especially whites, fled the cities to pursue new dreams in the suburbs. The “Arsenal of Democracy” that supplied the Allied victory of World War II and evolved into the “Motor City” fell into a six-decade downward spiral of job losses, shrinking population and a plummeting tax base. Detroit’s singular reliance on an auto industry that stumbled badly and its long history of racial strife proved a disastrous combination, and ultimately too much to overcome. “Detroit is an extreme case of problems that have afflicted every major old industrial city in the U.S.,” said Thomas Sugrue, author of “The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit” and a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s been 60-plus years of steady disinvestment, depopulation and an intensive hostility between the city, the suburbs and the rest of the state.” All of the nation’s industrial cities fell, but only Detroit hit bottom. Staggering under as much as $20 billion in unpaid bills, Detroit surrendered Thursday, filing the single largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. “What happened in Detroit is not particularly distinct,” said Kevin Boyle, a history professor at Northwestern University who has written extensively about his hometown. “Most Midwest cities had white flight and segregation. But Detroit had it more intensely. Most cities had deindustrialization. Detroit had it more intensely.” Detroit’s first wave of prosperity came after World War I and lasted into the early 1920s, driven by the rise of the auto industry. “It was the Silicon Valley of America,” Boyle said. “It was home to the most innovative, cutting-edge dominant industry in the world. The money there at that point was just staggering.” More affluence followed in the late 1940s and early 1950s as the auto industry was booming. Tens of thousands of blacks migrated from the South seeking jobs on the assembly line and a foothold in the middle class. In 1950, Detroit’s population
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The sun sets on Detroit on Thursday, when state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge for permission to place Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. peaked as a metropolis of more than 1.8 million, making it the nation’s fifth-largest city. The transformation was dramatic. “You’ve got a vast city of working people who no longer have insecure lives, people with high school and less than high school degrees who can earn enough to buy a house, a car, a boat, and sent their kids to Wayne State University,” Boyle said. But by that time, Detroit’s decline had already begun. The auto industry had started to expand beyond the city and was building plants and putting offices in suburban and rural areas, and eventually sought refuge from the city’s powerful unions in the nation’s Sunbelt states and even overseas. Between 1947 and 1963, Detroit lost 140,000 manufacturing jobs, said Sugrue, the Pennsylvania professor. A decade later, as Japanese auto imports started gobbling more of the U.S. market, the hemorrhaging of jobs continued. Membership in the United Auto Workers topped out at 1.5 million in 1978 and stands today at about 400,000, said Mike Smith, the union’s archivist at Wayne State University’s Walter Reuther Library. “In a way, it’s not unlike a small town that has a textile factory for 50 years, then all of a sudden it closes up and the whole town is decimated,” Smith said. It wasn’t an uncommon plight: The cities that rose alongside Detroit came to be known as the Rust Belt. Like Detroit, Pittsburgh was a community defined by its dependence on a single industry. But as steelmaking crumbled under pressure from foreign imports and the decline of the U.S. auto industry, the city’s population dropped by more than 40 percent between 1970 and 2006, according to a 2013 report from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. But during those years, Pittsburgh also forged a new identity around health care and technology. It retrained former steelworkers, invested heavily in higher education and launched a controversial campaign to redevelop more than 1,000 acres of industrial brownfields, replacing decaying lots with luxury homes, office and retail buildings, and 27 miles of riverfront parks. Detroit’s unraveling can’t be blamed solely on the city’s
reliance on one industry that itself buckled. Some point to the city’s political leadership and its reluctance over the years to make tough decisions. “I think it (the fiscal disaster) was inevitable because the politicians in Detroit were always knocking the can forward, not confronting the issues, buying off public employees by increasing their pensions,” said Daniel Okrent, a Detroit native who wrote a Time magazine cover story on the city in 2009. “They were always kind of confronting the impending crisis by trying to make it the next guy’s crisis.” Racial strife also infected the city. Sugrue, the Pennsylvania professor, said some of the tensions surfaced long before the city’s infamous 1967 riots. Two decades earlier, between 1945 and 1965, he said, there were more than 200 violent racial incidents of whites attacking blacks in Detroit and almost all stemmed from the first or second black families moving into an all-white neighborhood. The migration of blacks into Detroit, which helped power its economic rise, was followed by an exodus of white residents for the suburbs. In the last decade alone — from 2000 to 2010 — Detroit lost about a quarter-million residents. The city’s current population of roughly 700,000 is about 83 percent black. “Unlike cities such as Chicago or Philadelphia, where segregation produced disinvestment in certain neighborhoods, the nature of segregation in Detroit meant that the entire city suffered disinvestment,” Douglas Massey, a sociology and public affairs professor at Princeton, said in an email. What’s left is a Detroit defined by a barren landscape of deserted neighborhoods and abandoned buildings that overwhelms the very recent rebound in parts of downtown. The consequences of that population loss and segregation extend beyond the declining property values and erosion of the city’s tax base. The result is an isolated city. “The racial divisions between the city and the suburbs until very recently remained very hard and fast, creating an us vs. them mentality,” Sugrue said. “There’s very little political will ... by suburbanites and other parts of the state to provide financial support.”
July 22-28, 2013
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Street fests mesh music, mixers and mingling Downtown festivals feature diverse music
The Fabulous Javelinas perform during the Champaign Music Festival on Saturday
BY ELIOT SILL STAFF WRITER
If there are two things the city of Champaign loves, they are music and open alcohol ordinances. The Champaign Park District, along with mayor and liquor commissioner Don Gerard, gave the city a reason to come downtown to hang out and enjoy some local bands play music ranging from acoustic, to popular covers, to country-blues. Area residents came out in the thousands Saturday to the Champaign Music Festival to enjoy some tunes, brews and — for a change — cooperative July weather. Mayor Gerard specially issued an open alcohol ordinance for the event, which consisted of three music stages located at the intersections of Main and Market, Main and Neil, and Chester and Walnut. As the city’s liquor commissioner, Gerard has often issued special ordinances to get the people of the city to come hangout at events like the Champaign Music Festival and Streetfest. Streetfest, which took place on Green Street in late June, was put on by the Champaign Center Partnership in collaboration with the Champaign Park District, featured one fewer stage and a music lineup more tailored to the college demographic — and fewer people in attendance. Many establishments in the downtown area set up bars to take advantage of the outdoor alcohol ordinance. Musical acts started playing at 6 p.m. and the 10 acts performed across the three stages until around midnight.
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July 22-28, 2013
Students struggle to maintain financial stability With Congress’ faliure to come to agreement, students left with higher loan Spending wisely
BY ZARA SIKANDER CONTRIBUTING WRITER
A college education can come at the cost of a house, small business or a personal car. While both houses of Congress discuss possible changes to student loans interest rates, more students say getting a job is a better option than going to college and paying steep tuition prices. The increase in interest rates on government subsidized loans will impact more than seven million undergraduates nationally who are expected to take out loans for the coming school year. Last year, the 3.4 percent interest rate was extended, in midst of an election year. This year, things may not be the same. Over 15,000 students at the University rely on subsidized student loans annually. As incoming students prepare for new academic year, many are seeing a loan bill that is $1724 higher per month. While this is an added burden for students, many see no other better option. Chris Keel is a mechanical engineering student. Keel says rising tuition costs and an anemic job market makes his chances of progress low. “As a generation with more student debts and high cost of living, it is difficult to manage my limited finances,” Keel said. Since 2011, in-state and out-of-state tuitions has increased 4.9 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively. Despite university spending of over $783 million in financial aid funds, many students rely on subsidized government loans. Around 45 percent of students on campus depend on federal loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized. Every year, on average, an undergraduate at the University bears the brunt of $6,000 in federal student loans. Where the national debt is at more than $16 trillion and counting, student loan debt has reached $1 trillion.
Mortgaging the future The subsidized student loans were designed to help low-income students who were unlikely to attend college without them. The Congressional Research Service has estimated an increased cost of $2,600 after the bump in interest rates. Although student loans pale in comparison to the national debt crisis, the failure of Congress to do much has put students across the country in jeopardy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the class of 2012 graduates faced an unemployment rate of 13.3 percent. With the high cost of college education and low prospects of employment, more high school students have started working rather than pursuing higher education. Despite drastic increase over the years Charles Mayfield, associate director of Student Financial Aid, said higher interest rate on student loans will not impact enrollment at the university. “The incoming students will not have an immediate impact of the increase, but they might when they graduate,” Mayfield said. “Although the increase is double, it still is the best available option for most of the students.” Mayfield explains the government subsidized loans come with substantial perks; students are not charged interest while they are in school, and they can pay them in a period of 10 years.
Each year, thousands of graduating students enter a slowly improving economy in which many still find themselves unemployed or underemployed. What once was touted as a key to successful career has become a financial burden. Where Senate debates to reach a deal, students need to learn how to spend money wisely, according to Kathryn Sweedler, consumer economics educator. She explained the vicious circle of debt and consumer behavior which creates problems for students. “Just because your lender gives you more money, (that) does not mean you need to spend that all,” Sweedler said, explaining difficulties faced by students while managing finances. She suggests the students track their spending and prioritize their needs. There are different programs on campus, including the Financial Wellness program, which teach students to manage their money effectively and make wise financial decisions. Sweedler says a college degree and quality education assure success. If students have to take loans, even at a higher interest rate, they should because it will pay them back eventually. With the purchasing power of financial aid declining, cost of living rising and the rapid expansion of financial services with the growth of technology, personal finance is a life skill that all students should start developing, she said. Andrea Pellegrini, assistant director in the Financial Services office, said it is important that students are aware of the costs associated with their degree. “If you don’t need to take out the entire amount of the loans offered to you, reduce how much you borrow so that you are not paying interest unnecessarily once they go into repayment,” she said. Taking advantage of free resources while on campus is another way to make the most of one’s experience at the University. The services available through Student Affairs, like The Career Center or Career Services Network, provides opportunities for free education or workshops as well as networking with professionals can really help students accomplish their long term career goals and, ultimately, financial success. The increase in student loan interest rate is associated with a number of other problems. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau student debt has adversely affected home ownership. As people earn less and have high debt to repay, they have little money to buy land and property. High cost of living and unemployment is causing students to move back to their parents’ houses. Census data shows that in 2011 over 6 million Americans between 25 and 34 of age started living with their parents, a sharp increase from 4.7 million in 2007. Many students struggle with tracking their expenses. It can be seen as a cumbersome task, but there are so many tools to help students manage their money and plan their spending in ways that work for them. Checking accounts, credit cards and debt are as important to the college experience as books. It is important for all students to know about banking and credit.
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LINCOLN, Ill. — A man convicted of beating five members of his ex-wife’s family to death in their small-town Illinois home was sentenced Friday to five consecutive life terms. Christopher Harris, 34, admitted killing Dillen Constant, but claimed he did so in self-defense after discovering the 14-yearold boy slaughtering his own family. “I made a lot of stupid, stupid decisions that night but I did not commit this crime, and that’s all I have to say,” he said, according to the Peoria Journal Star. Judge Scott Drazewski, not only imposed the five consecutive life sentences, but added a total of 80 years in prison for firstdegree murder, armed robbery and home invasion. Because of the charges, the only sentence that the judge could have imposed was life in prison. “I am 7, and it still breaks my heart, and I wish you were dead and my brothers and sister and Mommy and Daddy were alive,” Tabitha Gee, who was 3 years old when she was beaten and survived the attack, said through a statement that was read in court, according to The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. Harris’ ex-wife, Nicole Gee, stated in a letter that was read in court that she had changed the name of Harris’ son, who was born a short time before the killings, and vowed that she would never tell
Harris what the boy’s name is, according to the Peoria newspaper. During the trial, Harris’ own brother testified against him, describing the sickening sound as Harris pummeled his former mother-in-law and her family with a tire iron. Ruth and Raymond “Rick” Gee and their three children were killed Sept. 21, 2009, at their home in Beason, 40 miles northeast of Springfield. Harris did not dispute that he and his brother, Jason Harris, drank, smoked marijuana and used cocaine during a long night that ended with the slayings. He testified that the two went to the Gees’ home to buy more marijuana. Harris said when he walked into the house he saw 46-year-old Rick, 39-year-old Ruth and 11-year-old Austin Gee all badly hurt or dead. He said he then fought Dillen. But Jason Harris testified that he believed they went to the family’s home that night because his brother wanted to have sex with Ruth Gee’s 16-year-old daughter, Justina Constant. Jason Harris, now 25, testified that he stayed outside the house but said he heard a woman scream — like something from “a horror film” — and thuds like the sound of a bowling ball hitting the floor. He said he saw his brother hit Dillen with the tire iron and that his sibling admitted he’d killed the rest of the family, saying: “I (messed) up. I killed them all.”
SETH PERLMAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Christopher Harris, who was convicted of killing five people, is escorted after being sentenced to five consecutive life sentences Friday.
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Democrats’ tax proposal sets stage for 2014 battle Potential change from flat tax to progressive tax structure causes rift between politicians SARA BURNETT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — Illinois lawmakers who approved a temporary income tax increase in 2011 knew it could lead them to a difficult decision: Allow the increase to roll back as scheduled next year and cut state spending by about $7 billion, or cast the politically risky vote to make the tax hike permanent. Now a third option has surfaced that could become one of the most contentious issues in the 2014 election campaign: It’s a proposal to change Illinois’ “flat” income tax structure, in which everyone pays the same rate, to a graduated or “progressive” tax, in which higher earners pay a larger percentage of their income than the less well-off. Influential Democrats sponsoring legislation in Springfield say the graduated tax — a system used by the federal government and 34 of 41 other states that charge an income tax — is the fairest form of taxation. They say a majority of Illinoisans would get a tax cut from the current rate, but the financially struggling state would take in more money because the wealthiest earners would pay more. “We hear it said that Illinois is a wealthy state, and it is, but there’s also this great disparity,” said Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, a Democrat from Champaign who’s sponsoring the measure in the Illinois House. “We should have done this a long time ago.” But Republicans say it’s a tax increase in disguise and accuse Democrats of going back on their word that the 2011 income tax hike would be temporary. They note Democrats’ promises that the 2011 increase — from 3 percent to 5 percent for individuals — would help Illinois out of its financial crisis, yet two and a half years later, the budget has grown and the state still has a multibillion-dollar backlog of bills. Opponents also say taking more tax dollars from the highest earners would further drive companies — and jobs — out
of the state and put an unfair burden on small businesses and family farms. “It would be the final nail in the coffin for Illinois,” said Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican. Both sides are predicting a difficult and prolonged fight. That’s because Illinois’ constitution mandates a flat income tax rate across all income levels. To change that, both chambers of the General Assembly would have to pass a resolution by a three-fifths vote to put a measure on the ballot asking voters to amend the constitution. That ballot question would then need to be approved by either three-fifths of those voting on the measure or the majority of those voting in the election. Democrats have tried in the past to change Illinois’ tax structure but the efforts didn’t get off the ground, in part because they didn’t have the supermajorities they do now. The scheduled roll back of the temporary tax increase — which would reduce revenue by about $7 billion — also is adding urgency to the effort, lawmakers say. Supporters say they’re hoping the Legislature, where Democrats hold big majorities in both chambers, will do its part by early May, the deadline to get the question on the November 2014 ballot. That would allow voters to decide prior to Jan. 1, 2015, when the temporary income tax is scheduled to begin being phased out. Democrats say their proposal would be similar to one advocated by the Chicago-based Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, which describes itself as a bipartisan think tank. Ralph Martire, the group’s executive director, says the graduated tax provides a more stable revenue stream because it collects more money from places where wealth has grown the most in recent decades — among the most affluent. His proposal would bring in about $2.4 billion more in revenue
per year than the state is taking in under the current 5 percent individual income tax rate. That increase would come from taxpayers making $150,000 or more per year, which he says is about 6 percent of Illinois filers. The House measure is co-sponsored by Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, the majority leader and a close ally of Speaker Michael Madigan. Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat and chairman of the powerful Senate Executive Committee, is sponsoring the resolution in the Senate. Though Democrats have more than a three-fifths majority in both chambers, Harmon thinks “it will be very difficult to do.” A graduated tax “makes sense, but it’s an attempt to change the status quo and that’s always difficult,” he said. Both sides already are gearing up. Advocates have formed a coalition known as “A Better Illinois,” which they say is made up of more than 60 organizations and hundreds of thousands individuals. The campaign’s formal launch is scheduled for August, but supporters began circulating petitions and encouraging voters to contact their legislators earlier this month. On the other side, McSweeney has lined up co-sponsors for a measure opposing the constitutional amendment. He said last week he believes he has enough support from Republicans and at least one Democrat to stop the graduated tax from making the ballot. But he said he’s trying to persuade more Democrats — particularly those who are more fiscally conservative — to join in the opposition. In a statement released last month, Republican leaders Sen. Christine Radogno of Lemont and Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego said their caucus is united against it. “Taxpayers should be wary,” Radogno said. “This isn’t about fairness. It’s about increasing revenue to fuel even more spending.”
Southern California consumed by severe wildfire
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The burned remains of one of the homes on Bonita Vista Rd. near Lake Hemet, Calif., from the Mountain Fire on Tuesday. The 14,200 acre forest fire near Idyllwild Calif., has caused Idyllwild and adjacent communities east of Highway 243 to issued mandatory evacuations for hundreds of homes Wednesday.
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Madigan decides not to run for governor in 2014 election She won’t run while father remains speaker of Illinois House BY SOPHIA TAREEN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan ended months of speculation over her political future with the surprise announcement Monday that she won’t challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014, saying she would never run for governor while her father is speaker of the Illinois House. Madigan, who raised millions of dollars but remained coy about her plans, said she had contemplated a run out of frustration about the state’s lack of progress on key issues. But she said it wasn’t feasible while her father — arguably the most powerful politician in the state — remained speaker, a position he’s held for 28 of his 42 years in the Illinois House. “I feel strongly that the state would not be well served by having a Governor and Speaker of the House from the same family and have never planned to run for Governor if that would be the case,” she said in the statement. “With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for Governor.” For months, Lisa Madigan had given no hint about her plans. She even brushed off reporters inquiring about her future at an unrelated event earlier Monday. Hours later, she announced in an emailed statement that she will seek re-election and that she enjoys her current job. Her exit leaves Quinn with a likely Democratic primary challenge from former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, the brother and son of two longtime Chicago mayors who’s formed an exploratory committee. Political experts offered mixed views on how Madigan’s decision will affect Quinn’s chances for re-election. “It’s a big help to Quinn,” said political
analyst Don Rose. “He’ll be a leg up downstate ... and the Daley name may not be very popular downstate.” But others said it will hurt Quinn. The governor’s recent handling of the state’s new law allowing the concealed carry of weapons — with a focus almost solely on Chicago violence — fueled talk of downstate Democrats floating their own candidate. And while any candidate outside Chicago faces immense fundraising challenges, Daley could now benefit from the sentiment against Quinn. “In a three-way race, Daley and Madigan would be splitting the anti-Quinn vote,” said Kent Redfield, who teaches at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Madigan has become one of the state’s more popular officeholders in her three terms as attorney general, and easily won her last two elections. In the past year she raised her profile on a national stage, working with federal officials on consumer advocacy issues including mortgage practices. Her ballooning campaign fund had stirred talk about her intentions — she raised $830,000 in the first three months of 2013 and has $4.3 million on hand, almost three times more than what Quinn reported April 1. At the same time, questions also were raised about whether her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, would step down if his daughter ran for governor. Some political experts said he would have to step aside if she ran, even if only to avoid the appearance of impropriety, while others said it shouldn’t be a problem since Lisa Madigan already holds a statewide office while her father is House speaker. Madigan became the state’s first woman attorney general in 2002 when she won her first election, after serving four years in the Illinois Senate.
CHARLES REX ARBOGAST THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan listens to a question about her decision not to run for governor during a news conference Wednesday in Chicago. Madigan ended months of speculation Monday when she announced she wouldn’t challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014. She had said that she wanted to run for governor because the state needs better leadership. “I considered running for governor because of the need for effective management from that office and the frustration so many of us feel about the current lack of progress on critical issues facing Illinois,” she said. Another factor in Madigan’s decision might have been the recent spotlight on her father and allegations of political influence over hiring at the Metra commuter rail service, according to political watchers. In a memo Metra released last week, a former executive alleged that Michael Madigan sought a pay raise for a Metra employee who made contributions benefiting the speaker and sought a job for another person. Rose said the issue could have been a distraction for Lisa Madigan as she started a
campaign. Quinn’s campaign didn’t immediately have a comment Monday as the governor made stops around the state to talk about jobs. While he hasn’t spoken in detail about his plans for next year, he has said his focus is on doing his job but that he is ready for any challenger. In a statement, Daley spokesman Pete Giangreco said Madigan’s decision leaves voters with a “clear choice between a proven leader who gets things done and a governor who can’t seem to get anything done.” Madigan’s announcement came the same day a fourth Republican candidate, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, made his bid official. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner and state Sen. Bill Brady have already announced that they’re seeking the GOP nomination in March next year.
Illinois residents line up to take advantage of gun training courses Though gun sales remain stagnant, interest in firearm safety classes increases after new concealed carry law THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GALESBURG, Ill. — Some gun shop owners say they’re not seeing a huge boom in sales following the passage of Illinois’ new concealed carry law, but interest in firearms training classes has increased. Many calls coming into Galesburg Guns, Gear and Ammo are from people wanting information about firearms safety classes, shop owner Preston Johnson told The Register-Mail. Sales spiked after the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Johnson said. “I think a lot of people got a gun at that time to get ready for the concealed carry bill that was in the works at the time,” he said, but he’s seeing lots of interest in classes. Illinois this month became the last state to allow residents to carry concealed firearms. The new law requires, among other things, a 16-hour training course, a background check and a shooting qualification test before the Illinois State Police will issue a concealed carry permit. Firearms instructor Casey Fuller hasn’t started planning a curriculum yet for his first Illinois-specific gun safety class, but said that about 900 people are already on a waiting list. He believes anyone planning to carry a gun should go beyond the new law’s
requirements. “I think if someone’s going to carry a firearm on them for personal protection, they should go through at least 40 hours of training,” he said. “I’m not saying they should be required to, but I think they should anyways.” Classes aren’t yet available, pending final details from the state. Fuller expects them to be available starting sometime this fall.
“I think if someone’s going to carry a firearm on them for personal protection, they should go through at least 40 hours of training. I’m not saying they should be required to, but I think they should anyways.” CASEY FULLER, firearms instructor
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Editorial Easter and Wise overcome shadows of past University scandals
he University was rife with scandal after scandal in the high ranks of the school’s administration over the past decade, but after a year with Robert Easter as president, it seems that those days have passed. Because of this, the Board of Trustees will likely extend Easter’s two -year appointment another year through the end of June 2015 at its bimonthly meeting Thursday. Easter has held countless positions throughout the Urbana campus, both as an academic and as an administrator, which, together, proved his capability of leading the University. Although Easter continues to promote the ideals of the University, the board will make a strategic move to extend his term with a base salary of $450,0 0 0 (which while high, is still lower than previous presidents here) and a performancebased, or incentive-based, portion in addition. According to the board’s agenda for its Thursday meeting, the trustees want to “align
the interests” of President Easter and future presidents “with those of the University.” One of the biggest issues facing Easter when his term began last July was an exodus of faculty and professors, aided by a dismal state pension system. And that problem hasn’t gone away: The Illinois House failed to pass legislation to secure a pension system for a state with the lowest credit rating in the union. This problem may become all the more apparent as the University tries to add 50 0 new faculty members over the next five to seven years, per Chancellor Phyllis Wise’s Visioning Future Excellence outcomes report this past week. This ambitious goal in tandem with a state, whose coffers are more empty than full, will prove to be a challenge for both Easter and Wise. Over the past year, Easter and Wise have proven to be a compatible duo, though. Another two years with them at the forefront could position the University as a stronger world leader in academia.
Racism is the reason for the death of Trayvon Martin ADAM SMITH Opinions columnist
Folks, there’s no place quite like the United States of America. Here, banks and traders can run roughshod over, well, any one that’s not a banker or trader. Here, we incarcerate more of our own population — more than 2.3 million men and women — than any other country in the world. Freedom, ladies and gentlemen! Here, the Florida state legislature, along with the legislatures of at least 22 other states, have written and passed laws allowing for public self-defense without retreat — that last part lending the laws their inane “Stand Your Ground” colloquial designation. It allows any person licensed to carry a concealed firearm (concealed carry being a problem in and of itself) to shoot first if he or she feels even slightly frightened, essentially making reasonable suspicion a legal justification. George Zimmerman clearly felt threatened on the night of Feb. 26, 2012, when he called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious individual in his gated townhome community. The neighborhood watch member and frequent nonemergency line caller couldn’t passively abide by the burglaries and attempted break-ins that had been perpetrated in his subdivision. He had nearly caught a black teenager he suspected was responsible for a recent string of burglaries, but a 9-1-1 dispatcher told him to wait for police. The black guy got away. But tonight was going to end much differently than either of them expected. Here, finally, was Zimmerman’s chance to be a hero. “These a-------, they always get away,”Zimmerman told the dispatcher, just before
observing the suspicious individual running off. He pursued his target. The dispatcher told him not to engage the suspect — Zimmerman did anyway. What happened next is still unclear, even after a sensational trial and even more sensational acquittal. Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Skittles enthusiast who had gone out that night to grab a snack and who was returning to his father’s fiancee’s townhome, must have sensed that someone was following him, just as Zimmerman suspected someone was eyeing him. Somehow, Trayvon Martin — now a “suspicious individual” — and George Zimmerman become entangled in a physical altercation. The younger and spryer Martin held the upper hand, but his opponent had a gun. The gist of it is this: George Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, because black teenagers had committed a number of crimes in their neighborhood. George Zimmerman got into a fight with Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman was losing the fight, and Trayvon Martin ended up shot and killed. There are so many things wrong here. The acquittal of George Zimmerman was not a failure of the justice system. In fact, Florida’s courts worked exactly as they should have: The prosecution, perhaps caving under the pressure of such inexplicable media coverage, made a pathetically weak case against Zimmerman. They were unable to prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that he had murdered Trayvon Martin in anything other than self-defense. Some of the real failure lies within the justice system itself. I take issue with any government that gives a de facto license to kill, as “Stand Your Ground” laws effectively do. Its proponents argue that the very threat of retribution by law-abiding gun owners prevents violence in the first place — that assaults, robberies and murders will be dramatically reduced if criminals are subject to a pre-crime penalty of “death by vigilante.” A recent Texas A&M University study showed an 8 percent increase
in manslaughter and murder rates in states with “Stand Your Ground” laws on the books: reason number 628 not to believe the National Rifle Association’s inherently faulty brand of logic. Sure, people kill people, but so do more guns and further expansions of the definition of justified homicide. Much of the blame should be placed on a culture that permitted a neighborhood watchman to indulge his vigilante fantasies without reproach. The NRA, along with its handmaidens within the GOP, have lamented the inability of the police to protect real Americans so endlessly that the once-sane notion of self-defense — of protecting one’s castle and family — has now been inexplicably extended to include street justice. But what is most wrong with the utterly sad case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman is what the latter’s most fervent supporters emphatically and so wrongly deny the existence of. An armed white and Latino man shot and killed an unarmed black kid, and it’s OK, because the black kid was probably a thug. Trayvon was probably “up to no good,” as Zimmerman told the emergency dispatcher that night. Travyon was probably a drug user or, even worse, a drug dealer, because there was THC in his blood. Don’t believe Antonin Scalia, who led the recent charge to gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act, when he and his cronies announce the end of racism. We’re still as racist as ever. There is a notion of young black men in America as inherently criminal; they are treated, with frightening regularity, as guilty until proven innocent. Racism is why 90 percent of stop-and-frisk incidents in New York City involve blacks or Hispanics. Racism, however latent or imperceptible, is why George Zimmerman pursued and followed Trayvon Martin last February.
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Mickelson wins British Open by strong finish With 4 birdies over the last 6 holes, Mickelson clenches the 43rd win of his PGA tour career BY DOUG FERGUSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GULLANE, Scotland — Phil Mickelson is mystified no more by links golf. He has his name etched in a silver claret jug to prove it. Mickelson delivered his best closing round ever in a major Sunday — at the British Open, of all places — when he ran off four birdies over the last six holes for a 5-under 66 at Muirfield to win the third leg of the career Grand Slam. “This is such an accomplishment for me because I just never knew if I’d be able to develop the game to play links golf effectively,” Mickelson said. “To play the best round arguably of my career, to putt better than I’ve ever putted, to shoot the round of my life ... it feels amazing to win the claret jug.” At the end of a rough-and-tumble week along the Firth of Forth, Mickelson was the only player under par. He wound up with a three-shot win over Henrik Stenson, one of four players atop the leaderboard during a final round that was up for grabs until Mickelson seized control in the final hour. Lee Westwood, who started Sunday with a two-shot lead, fell behind for the first time all day with a bogey on the 13th and never recovered. He closed with a 75. Masters champion Adam Scott took the lead with a 4-foot birdie on the 11th, and closed as sloppily as he did last year. He made four bogeys starting at the 13th, and a final bogey on the 18th gave him a 72. At least he has a green jacket from the Masters to console him this year. Tiger Woods, in his best position to win a major since the crisis in his personal life, stumbled badly on his way to a 74 and was never a serious challenger. Westwood said he didn’t play all that badly. Instead, he paid tribute to what will be remembered as one of the great closing rounds in major championship history. (Mickelson) had only contended twice in two decades at golf’s oldest championship. One week after he won the Scottish Open in
a playoff on the links-styled course of Castle Stuart, Mickelson was simply magical on the back nine of a brown, brittle Muirfield course that hasn’t played this tough since 1966. Tied for the lead, Mickelson smashed a 3-wood onto the green at the par-5 17th to about 25 feet for a two-putt birdie, and finished in style with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th to match the lowest score of this championship. Mickelson figured a par on the 18th would be tough for anyone to catch him. When the ball dropped in the center of the cup, he raised both arms in the air to celebrate his fifth career major, tying him with the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Byron Nelson. His final surge was right about the time Westwood and Scott began to fold. Scott, trying to join an exclusive list of players who have won a green jacket and a claret jug in the same year, made a remarkable recovery from the dunes right of the par-3 13th hole, only to miss the 7-foot par putt. He took three putts for bogeys on the next two holes — from long range on the 14th, and from 20 feet on the 15th — and found a bunker on the next. Westwood started to lose his grip on the jug with bogeys on the seventh and eighth, and failing to birdie the downwind, par-5 ninth. Presented with birdie chances early on the back nine, his putting stroke began to look tentative. He hit into the dunes on the right side of the 13th to make bogey and never caught up. Westwood and Scott tied for third with Ian Poulter, who played a four-hole stretch in 5-under around the turn and closed with a 67. At 1-over 285, he canceled a flight home in case of a playoff. Moments later, with Mickelson pulling away, the outcome was clear. Making this even sweeter for Mickelson is that just one month ago he lost out on yet another chance to win the U.S. Open, the missing link of a career Grand Slam. Mickelson twice made bogey with wedge in his hand on the back nine at Merion and had his record sixth runner-up finish. Mickelson joins an elite list of winners at
PETER MORRISON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Phil Mickelson of the United States holds up the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open at Muirfield, Scotland on Sunday. Muirfield, which is considered the fairest of the links on the British Open rotation. All but two of the Open champions at Muirfield are in the World Hall of Fame. Mickelson is the only winner who already has been inducted. It was the 43rd win of his PGA Tour career. The guy who once couldn’t win the big one now has five majors in the last nine years. This one
returns him to No. 2 in the world ranking for the first time in nearly three years. Woods, meanwhile, now has gone 17 majors without winning, and that pursuit of Jack Nicklaus and his benchmark of 18 majors — Woods is stuck on 14 — doesn’t look any closer. He three-putted twice in four holes and looked like just another contender on this Sunday.
Ron Garner returns to Illinois to take over after Buford-Bailey’s departure DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT
Athletic director Mike Thomas named Ron Garner the head coach of the Illinois women’s track and field team Friday. Garner will replace Tonja Buford-Bailey who left earlier this month to serve as associate head coach of the combined male and female track team at Texas. Garner returns to Illinois after serving as an assistant coach for the women’s track team from 1991-98. During his first tenure at Illinois, Garner was a part of a combined six Big Ten championships in six seasons, as well as two top-four team finishes in the NCAA.
This will be Garner’s second tenure as a head coach after leading both the women’s track and women’s cross-country teams at Clemson in 1998-99, when he was named the ACC Outdoor Coach of the Year. Most recently, Garner was an assistant for both the male and female teams at South Carolina, focusing on sprints and relays and coaching 20 All-Americans in just two seasons. Garner inherits a women’s track team that experienced much success under former Olympian Buford-Bailey. The Illini won the team’s first Big Ten title since 1996 earlier this year,led by back-to-back NCAA 400-meter dash champion and 12-time Big Ten champion Ashley Spencer, a rising junior.
July 22-28, 2013
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Eddie Quagliata and Matt Welch, both forwards, sport the new hockey jerseys before the season starts this fall.
Changes to Illinois hockey prepares team for fall Illini sport a classic jersey for the upcoming season with a slightly altered logo to match BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER
Starting his second season as head coach of the Illinois hockey team, head coach Nick Fabbrini continues to leave his mark on the program. The Illini head man announced the team would be sporting new jerseys in the 201314 season, something that hasn’t happened since 2010. According to Fabbrini, the team debuted its previous home white jerseys in 2010, the navy blue away jerseys in 2007 and the alternate orange set in 2006. Fabbrini actually designed the jerseys himself, wanting to alter the team’s look to a more classic style. “I worked with the company, SP, and told them we were looking for more of a classic look, and having a little bit of a different logo than in the past,” Fabbrini said. “We borrowed an idea from the Boston Bruins, in their style, and our logo is reasonably similar to theirs without the spokes.” Along with the new jerseys on the ice, Fabbrini said that these new jerseys will be available to purchase at Illinois home games. “We have nine or 10 extra (jerseys) right now that we’ll sell, and we’ll roll that money over into getting more jerseys,” Fabbrini said. The team will open up with the new sweaters on the road against the Springfield Junior
Blues on Sept. 13. Illinois fans will get their first look at the Illini in the team’s home opener Sept. 20 versus Southern Illinois. “I think they look great,” Fabbrini said. “A couple of the guys have seen them, and they’re all excited about them, too.”
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“We were looking for more of classic look, and having a little bit of a different logo than the past. We borrowed an idea from the Boston Bruins, in their style, and our logo is reasonably similar to theirs” NICK FABBRINI, Illinois hockey head coach
Just a year in, head coach Fabbrini hires another assistant to aid goaltenders BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER
After hiring a new head coach in 2012, the Illinois hockey team hired a new assistant in 2013. The team hired Blake Sorensen this week to become the team’s assistant head coach. “(Head coach Nick Fabbrini) talked to me at the end of last season, wanting me to come on board,” Sorensen said. “I went down to visit U of I and thought, ‘Hey, this is a great fit.’” Sorensen, a former forward as a player, has played all around the world during his career. He made stops in England, Serbia, Austria and has been in Chicago since 2005. Sorensen said he deals mainly with forwards, along with Fabbrini who was a forward for the Illini from 2004-08, and handles coaching the special teams: penalty kill and power play. Fabbrini said that he did not plan to hire another assistant, although he might be looking for a part-time goaltender coach, after the departure of assistant coach and former Illini goaltender Dan Rooney. The other assistant spot was vacated when Chris Peters left midseason. Sorensen spent the past three years as the head coach of the Latin School of Chicago at the high school level and was named director of hockey operations for the boy’s hockey program in 2011. Sorensen said he still plans
to keep that job and commute between Chicago and Champaign a few times per week as needed. “I have a day job that I can be mobile at, but also I’m running the Latin School (program),” Sorensen said. “I have a lot on my plate ... there will be some days where I come to practice and come home, other days where I’m down there two or three days. So it’s anywhere from two to four times a week, depending on the week.” Sorensen said he had been looking for potentially other jobs at midget teams or junior teams, but the Illinois offer was a great fit. Part of the allure of being on the staff at a program like Illinois is the potential for the program to expand. With the formation of the Division I Big Ten conference holding its inaugural season in 2013 — which is a six team league including Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin — Sorensen saw Illinois as a logical addition to the league in the near future. “Maybe I’m thinking out of the box, but I’m thinking the U of I would be the next school having the aspiration of going to the next level,” Sorensen said. “So I said, ‘Why not?’ It was a very easy decision.”
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As manslaughter charge looms, former Illini retires Cowboys defensive tackle ends football career THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football Thursday, saying “doing the right things in life” is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate. Brent played with Illinois from 2007-09. Brent said he had “given a lot of thought” to his decision. His football career has been on hold since the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a practice squad player, college teammate and close friend. “I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order,” Brent said in a statement provided by the team. “Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do.” Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, though he could also get probation. Suburban Dallas police accused Brent of driving with a bloodalcohol content more than twice the legal
limit the night of the crash. He has also tested positive twice for marijuana while out on bond, and was briefly jailed after the second test. He is again out on bond, but under stricter conditions that include monitoring for drugs and alcohol, and is banned from driving. Owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett both said they supported Brent’s decision to focus on life outside of football instead of the game. Jones told reporters that Brent’s recent failed drug tests didn’t affect his support of the player. “I promised Jerry’s mother that we would support Josh in every way we could,” Jones said. “That’s been our only thought since the accident is to support him and support our team in their support of him.” The Cowboys at the end of last season put Brent on the reserve non-football injury list. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello indicated the league would not punish Brent now that he was stepping away from football. “With his retirement, there is no action for us to take at this point,” Aiello said. One of Brent’s attorneys, George Milner, said the retirement has no effect on the criminal case. Prosecutors declined to comment.
DAVID WOO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
On Dec. 18, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, center, and his attorney George Miller, obscured at right, leave court in Dallas. Brent says he is retiring from football as he faces trial for a fatal crash that killed a teammate.
In 1 season, Robinson offered more than expected In the absence of Rose, Robinson proves he has much more to offer than just being a holdover player ELIOT SILL Staff writer
or each of the past five years, the Chicago Bulls have had one point guard who makes fans beam with pride. He has represented the town for which he plays, showing grit, fearlessness, and prioritized winning over everything — the way Chicago Bulls fans like it. It hasn’t been the same point guard for each of those five years. The lone anomaly was, of course, Nate Robinson’s stellar season, in which he went from entertainment value sought out for the purpose of putting fans in seats, to enigmatic bench contributor, to playoff dynamo. Robinson’s deal wasn’t even guaranteed through the season. He earned his keep, and Derrick Rose’s slow recovery left — necessitated — room for him in the game plan. But the deal wound up being for one year, and one year only. Chicago’s efforts to resign the crowd favorite have been token at best. One could say it was the most beautiful basketball relationship of all time. There was no investment or expectation. Nate Robinson’s presence didn’t put pressure on the team to win a title. Likewise, his performances didn’t merit him any consideration to be a future franchise cornerstone for Chi-
cago. It was a beautiful friends-with-benefits relationship in which both sides used the other, knowing exactly what the limitations were. Something deeper was discovered, cherished and released again. That being the chemistry Nate had with the city of Chicago. He was the perfect holdover player for Derrick Rose. Where Derrick lacked confident swagger, Nate had an abundance. Where Derrick’s presence gave the team title expectations, Nate’s all but cemented the season as a throwaway campaign. But why would you throw away something you loved? Chicago fans loved watching Nate. Nate loved playing for Chicago fans. Yet it’s over, and Nate got the worse end of the deal. Nate found his team-chemistry gene and kicked it into high gear at the most important time of the year. He doesn’t want to be a holdover player anymore. He knows he can contribute to a championship team, and that’s now what he wants to do. But the role he’s perfect for is that from which he is entirely prepared to move on. Nate belongs in a big city in a down year. Nate has something to give a fan base — hope. Nate has within him this special motor that allows him to continually go faster until he hits a wall he can’t break through, in this past season that wall was the Miami Heat. He can give a pessimistic fan base reason to believe their team is one to watch again. He can be the guy who grits out the win that reminds you why you root for your team whether they’re in the title conversation or not. He can be the one to give Los Angeles a purpose in the Kobe Bryant-less era. He can restore good faith to the fans of
the Denver Nuggets. He can be the one who shows Bucks fans that their team isn’t completely tanking. He can show Washington Wizards fans what passionate play looks like. But no one wants to build on Nate. Nate has shown that he’s at his best when he’s bound to come up short. He’s most effective when he’s the go-to guy. Yet, when he’s the go-to guy, his team can only beat Miami once in a sevengame series. Chicago exposed Nate’s flaw — that he’s a great loser. He’s great at making the god-king bleed and going out with a bang, a veritable Leonidas. But when the 300 Spartans were defeated, Sparta didn’t look for the next incarnation of their great king. They looked for more soldiers, a different kind of army, and a different leader. Should Nate go unsigned through the rest of free agency, he will undoubtedly ascend into heaven, in the minds of Bulls fans. His one season will stand as an angelic gift to a city left hurt and abandoned by its injured prodigy. What he gave to the Chicago organization cannot be repaid. The hope was that his repayment would come from someone else. Chicago fans want him to go somewhere else and be successful. But his grand deed reverberates through NBA front offices to no avail, with executives pretending not to hear the echo of the little guy’s mighty battle cry. Of all the losses Nate Robinson has endured, this summer’s free agency might just be the most heart-wrenching of all.
Eliot is a senior in Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 22-28, 2013
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NCAA rejects claims amidst concussion lawsuit
College football is the latest sport to face legal action from players dealing with head injuries THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — Rejecting claims made in a lawsuit concerning concussions, the NCAA said Saturday it has taken steps to protect student athletes from head injuries and that player safety is among the college sports association’s core principles. Attorneys suing the NCAA over its handling of head injuries asked a federal judge Friday to let them expand the lawsuit to include thousands of plaintiffs nationwide. The motion seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where the original lawsuit was filed in 2011 on behalf of former Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington and several other former athletes. “Student-athlete safety is one of the NCAA’s foundational principles,” said spokeswoman Stacey Osburn. “The NCAA has been at the forefront of safety issues throughout its existence.” She said the association has addressed the issue of head injuries through a combination of playing rules, equipment requirements and medical practices. The NCAA does not believe the legal action is appropriate, Osburn said. Concussions have become a major concern in sports in recent years. The NFL, NHL and college football, among others, have
implemented stricter rules on hits to the head and player safety. The NFL is involved in a lawsuit involving more than 4,000 former players seeking millions of dollars for problems they blame on head injuries suffered during their careers.
“Student-athlete safety is one of the NCAA’s foundational principles. The NCAA has been at the forefront of safety issues throughout its existence.” STACEY OSBURN, NCAA spokeswoman
Attached to the class-action request from those suing the NCAA is a report for the plaintiffs by a leading authority on concussions, Robert Cantu, who cites an internal NCAA survey from 2010. He said the NCAA found that nearly half of the college trainers who responded to the survey indicated
A night finish on the Champs Elysees
CHRISTOPHER ENA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The pack with 2013 Tour de France cycling race winner Christopher Froome of Britain leaves Rivoli street during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France on Sunday.
they put athletes showing signs of a concussion back into the same game. “It is well settled in the scientific community that an athlete must never be returned to play on the same day after a concussion diagnosis,” said Cantu, who is medical director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research in Chapel Hill, N.C. The plaintiffs say the NCAA was lax in establishing a clear policy about dealing with concussions, leaving key decisions to individual schools or leagues. Arrington contends he suffered “numerous and repeated concussions” at Eastern Illinois. He is seeking unspecified monetary damages and changes in policy, including the establishment of a long-term medical monitoring program for injured athletes and new concussion guidelines for schools and coaches. The NCAA said it has taken recent steps to increase awareness of how to treat possible head injuries, from legislation and outreach efforts to new rules on the playing field. On Friday, the NCAA said it was awarding a $399,999 grant to fund a study into the long-term effects of head injuries in college sports.
One step closer to gold
PATRICK SEMANSKY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
United States’ Landon Donovan, center, reacts after scoring a goal against El Salvador during the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament on Sunday in Baltimore. The United States won 5-1.
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July 22-28, 2013
15 NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD
BY JOHNIVAN DARBY
BY DAN DOUGHERTY
PUZZLE BY JOHANNA FENIMORE AND ANDREA CARLA MICHAELS
Home, family and career are key this year. This month you’re the star, and income flows ... cache some. Expand horizons through direct experience or study. Budgets and production plans for creative collaborations come together easily through mid-August. Provide for family while avoiding new debt. Resolve past differences, and strengthen bonds. Count your blessings.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22)
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21)
Today is a 7 — Stay frugal with resources. Sort what to buy and borrow or make yourself. A visit to the library could be in order. Sell stuff you don’t really need, or trade for what you do.
Today is a 7 — Assume authority this month, with discipline. It’s prime vacation time. Accept another’s idea. Work priorities are shifting. Don’t accept every invitation. You may find yourself analyzing relationships. Fascinating study captivates.
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Today is a 9 — You can learn and earn more than you thought possible this month. Partnerships seem empowered. Get social; you’re naturally charming. Write it all down.
Today is a 7 — Advance your agenda. Grow your savings. Your work is more fun this month, with love in the air. Venus enters Virgo, so enjoy analyzing and creating art, beauty and harmony. Relax and enjoy.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)
TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20)
LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)
Today is a 9 — You’re even luckier in love for the next few weeks. Spend quality time with family, and balance it with productive career time. Cleverly avoid an argument with diplomacy.
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Today is a 8 — You’re more domestic for the next phase, although part of you really wants an adventure. Figure out how to have both. Act on a hunch. Get philosophical. Get yourself a little treat.
Today is a 9 — Go through the data and gather valuable work information. A change could turn out for the better. Your luck in love has just improved immensely. Your creativity flourishes. Today is an 8 — Don’t push too hard. For the next month, you’re involved in a public conversation, so practice your parade wave. Enjoy the arts, beauty and analyzing details of solid craftsmanship
SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) Today is a 9 — Resist temptation. You’re quite popular this month; you can really advance your agenda if you maintain discipline. The gentle approach works best. Work with talented artists and thinkers. Clean up at home.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) Today is a 9 — Sort through the data carefully. It’s easier to travel this month; as well as to invest and make money grow. Pay close attention to navigate a turning point with the Aquarius Full Moon. Priorities change.
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Today is an 8 — Your friends are eager to help. Review the numbers this month; it’s easier to save. Get closer to your partner. Gain authority with the Full Moon in your sign. Make positive changes.
PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) Today is a 7 — There’s more available than you realize. Compromise comes easier; focus on your work as it’s getting busy. A new phase begins. You may feel more sensitive. Passions arouse. Take notes.
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