RURAL GIFFORD — Gordyville USA became University of Illinois North for one night last week.More than 600 people turned out to show their support for the fight against cancer and heard from four Illini coaches, including men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood and the voice of the Illini, Brian…

RURAL GIFFORD — Illini men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood and three other University of Illinois coaches will be on hand Wednesday night at Gordyville USA for a Kickin’ Cancer dinner and auction.With a goal of $75,000, the Coaches vs. Cancer event has raised $43,000 so far, said Stacey Hu…

CHAMPAIGN — During the 1980-81 school year, back when Lou Henson was on the Assembly Hall sidelines, Beth Nuss turned to her fellow University of Illinois pep band members and asked them to play a simple melody.

RANTOUL — When the University of Illinois women’s soccer team arrives Friday, head coach Janet Rayfield said the Fighting Illini’s weeklong stay in Rantoul will be an important key in setting the trend for the season.

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul has hosted the Illinois football team’s training camp for 17 of the past 18 preseasons.The staple started when Ron Turner took the Illini there in 1998 and continued with Ron Zook and Tim Beckman in charge of the Illini, with 2001 the only year Camp Rantoul d…

Fighting Illini and Chicago Bears fans hoping to get a glimpse of new Illinois Lovie Smith at Camp Rantoul this year will be disappointed.Smith won’t be bringing his team north to Camp Rantoul, the university announced Friday.

RANTOUL — No details have been released yet, but University of Illinois Associate Director of Athletics and Media Relations Kent Brown said new Fighting Illini Head football coach Lovie Smith plans to continue Camp Rantoul this August.More information will be provided as it becomes available.

By RANTOUL PRESSThe 3rd annual Camp Rantoul fundraiser for the Community Service Center of Rantoul will be held Aug. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. after the University of Illinois football team’s practice.The event will be held at the Bill Seeber Memorial Complex, 100 E. Flessner Ave.

By RANTOUL PRESSRANTOUL — The University of Illinois football team will once again invade its neighbors to the north for the annual Camp Rantoul event from Aug. 9-21.As always, the team will practice each day at the fields on the Bill Seeber Memorial Complex at 100. E. Flessner Ave.

By DANIEL L. CHAMNESSRantoul Press correspondentRANTOUL — It was a total team effort as Rantoul Post 287 defeated Eureka 10-8 in the first round of the American Senior Legion Division Tournament Saturday.

Camp Rantoul will host the tailgate fundraiser again this year from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13., at the practice field on Wheat Avenue. The event is open to the public, and those attending are encouraged to bring their campers, trailers, trucks and cars and pull up next to the field.

The King of Rantoul meets you at Ott’s Drive In. Where else?His ride is a little nicer. His paycheck is a little bigger. His hair is a little grayer.Otherwise, Greg McMahon is the same guy who attended Rantoul Township High School, moved on to Eastern Illinois and eventually turned his love …

Warren Buffet has extended quite the challenge, and the billionaire is prepared to put his money where his mouth is.Buffet is offering $1 billion to any person who submits a flawless NCAA March Madness bracket.

More of a good thing Not only does Tim Beckman plan to return his team to Camp Rantoul this year, he wants to be there longer than before. ”I’d like to extend it,” Beckman said. “We’re going to extend it a couple days. I think it’s great. I really do. I think it’s awesome with what we can do…

Trip to Chicago Auto ShowThe Recreation Department will be hosting a bus trip to the Chicago Car Show, Wednesday, Feb. 12. The bus will leave the at 8:15 a.m. for Chicago’s McCormick Place and will return around 7:30 p.m. The cost will include transportation, show ticket and dinner on the ride back.

With the Oscar nominations being released, the word “best” is being used over and over again.  The list of the best sports movies of all time has been done thousands of times. However, most of the films making those lists deal with the four major sports (football, basketball, baseball, hocke…

1.    Rantoul Falcons go 8-0, win CIYFL championshipThe Rantoul Falcons junior varsity football team returned home as conquering heroes with a perfect 8-0 record and a championship trophy in tow.

CHICAGO — Growing up in Rantoul, John Giuliani’s family had Illinois season tickets. He was always a big fan.And once he became an extraordinary success in his professional life as the CEO of ValueClick, the Illinois graduate knew he wanted to give back monetarily to his alma mater and favor…

Fighting Illini basketball fans had their hopes up Friday when Curie High's Cliff Alexander was about to put an Illini cap on his head.But before it was firmly placed, the coveted 6-foot-8 power forward, who is ranked the No. 4 prospect nationally, abruptly switched his pick and chose Kansas.

With Camp Rantoul winding down Sunday, it was the first day off for the Illinois football team in awhile.The past two weeks have been hectic for the Illini. They began practicing Aug. 5 both at the U of I and at Rantoul and have gone hard for 12 days, including three two-a-days, two scrimmag…

The season opener is only 10 days away. Illinois is back on campus for the remainder of training camp before game-week practices begin next Tuesday for Southern Illinois. But the Salukis were never far from Tim Beckman’s mind during the Illini’s annual sojourn to Camp Rantoul.

Greg Colby leaned up against an chain-link fence at the end of Monday morning's opening practice at Camp Rantoul."You don't mind if I stand in shade?" the Illinois defensive line coach asked after Illinois went through a two-hour practice under the sun and with temperatures in the mid-80s. "…

Jonathan Brown didn't have a purple jersey on to indicate he was injured. Or a green one worn so players should know to avoid contact with said player.The starting linebacker sported a white No. 45 jersey, shoulder pads and orange shorts, much like the rest of the Illinois defense Monday morning.

The Illini show off their moves for fans during the UI football scrimmage at Camp Rantoul in Rantoul on Monday, August 12, 2013. Fans looking for an extra helping of Illini talk got their chance by  hearing the News-Gazette sports staff discuss the upcoming  football season during their radi…

Monday evening’s Fighting Illini scrimmage at Rantoul Township High School will be moved to the Camp Rantoul site on the grounds of the former Chanute Air Force Base.Kent Brown, associate athletic director, said the move had to be made because of an NCAA ruling.

Rantoul's Community Service Center has seen some rough times recently with a $25,000 reduction to its unrestricted budget funding for its new fiscal year.So some members of the community, coupled with Illini head football coach Tim Beckman and his wife, Kim, and local businesses want to do s…

CHAMPAIGN — Bill Cubit needed to find a bathroom.Options abounded in the visiting locker room at Memorial Stadium.But the Western Michigan head football coach wasn’t particularly interested in using one there before his team opened the 2012 season against Illinois. 

A gallery of images from the baseball game between the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Illinois Field, Sunday, May 12, 2013.

A gallery of images from the University of Illinois baseball game against Penn State on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Illinois Field.

A gallery of images from the University of Illinois softball game vs. Ohio State at Eichenberger Field on Sunday, May 5, 2013

A gallery of images from the Illinois Fighting Illini Women's Tennis team against the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

A gallery of images from the University of Illinois Football Family Fun Fest at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

A gallery of images from the Illinois vs. Purdue baseball game at Illinois Field on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

A gallery of images from the 8-7 Illinois victory over Nebraska on March 23, 2013 at Illinois Field.

Guy Kirby has spent the past month preparing for the upcoming Illinois wrestling season.But the 2010 Fisher graduate has had a slightly different routine than some of his teammates.Namely being a father and a husband. Kirby got married in mid-May. He and his wife, Tessa, became parents to a …

Sports Editor Matt Daniels’ three reasons we love sports this week.1. Registration is ongoing for the Rantoul Recreation Department 2012-13 adult basketball leagues. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 26, with a team fee due at the time of registration. All league games will begin the …

Sitting in front of the fireplace at Gary Buhr’s home in rural Rantoul are two basketballs.Two basketballs from the two Class 3A state championship boys basketball games he officiated in at Carver Arena in downtown Peoria — the 2009 game when Champaign Centennial edged Oswego 61-59 and 2012’…

The rain kept falling.Joe Bendoraitis kept walking.This was one of the lasting images from Saturday’s rain-soaked Corn Belt Conference football game between Rantoul Township High School and Eureka at Pete FioRito Stadium on the campus of Eureka College.The Eagles had just lost 32-6 to the Ho…

The Block I.The Marching Illini.Illinois Loyalty.Oskee-Wow-Wow.Homecoming.Tailgating.All of those are part of the game-day Illinois football traditions away from the field.Rantoul native Zoe Kaler will get to experience and see first-hand what it’s like to become a part of that atmosphere.

Sports Editor Matt Daniels’ three reasons we love sports this week.1. From all appearances and public comments, the new Illinois football staff seemed to enjoy and appreciate Camp Rantoul.We’ll see if first-year head coach Tim Beckman brings the Illini back for another stay in 2013, and if t…

ILLINOIS FOOTBALL BEAT WRITER BOB ASMUSSEN OF THE NEWS-GAZETTE WAS AT ILLINOIS’ PRESEASON CAMP ALL WEEK AT THE BILL SEEBER MEMORIAL COMPLEX. HERE’S A WRAP OF HIS DAILY REPORTS.Will they be back?Sunday marked the final day of Camp Rantoul 2012. Will there be a 2013 version?