Illini Nation: Happ would have been a perfect fit at Illinois

Posted Online: Dec. 31, 2013, 7:12 pm
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Rockridge's Ethan Happ averages a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. The 6-foot-7 senior forward also grew up an Illini fan. However, the Wisconsin signee never heard from the Illinois men's basketball program.

University of Illinois insider Kedric Prince explains how Happ became the latest in-state product to get away from the Illini.

Also in this week's "Illini Nation,'' Prince passes out the Illini's non-conference grades, which added up to a successful Big Ten Conference opener Tuesday in overtime against Indiana..
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  Today is Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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