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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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