CHICAGO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall. Read More
One team has more losses than wins and the other has lost six in a row. Both teams fired their head coaches after disappointing finishes to the regular season.
So, to say the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday is about redemption is an understatement, but both teams have responded to the adversity thus far.
"It’s been a crazy, very unique situation," UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince said. Read More
Mike Johnson has been a midseason replacement for two fired coaches the past two seasons, first as an offensive coordinator with the 49ers and now as interim coach with UCLA. And now he comes full circle as he is back in San Francisco for the first time since taking over UCLA, leading his team into Saturday’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park. Read More
Both UCLA and Illinois have had seasons they would like to forget entering the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday, but what the Fighting Illini did down the stretch was historic — and not in a good way.
The Fighting Illini started the season by winning its first six games, including a 17-14 win over then-No. 22 Arizona State, but lost its last six, with three coming against ranked teams. Read More
New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. There’s no place Angus McClure would rather be.
The UCLA special teams coordinator and San Francisco native returns with his Bruins to face Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday. Read More
Two schools without permanent head coaches will look to build momentum for the 2012 season when UCLA meets Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on Dec. 31. Read More
DIM BULB: Illinois is so broke that as of Monday, it won’t have enough cash to bury its indigent dead. A letter to more than 600 funeral directors around the state informed them there’s no more money to bury people who die while on public assistance. Illinois used to budget about $13 million to pay $1,650 each for some 12,000 annual indigent funerals and burials. But the 2011 budget only allocated $1.9 million. Read More
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The latest in lunacy in high-speed rail lunacy: at Joel Kotkin’s newgeography.com Wendell Cox reports that the U.S. Transportation Department is dangling money before the government of Iowa seeking matching funds from the state for a high-speed rail line from Iowa City to Chicago. Read More
Illinois Democrats’ congressional redistricting map has been releas Read More