ISU updating Doug Collins Court; asking for public input

ISU did not release details on when the court would be finished. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Blake Haas

NORMAL – Illinois State University plans to update Doug Collins Court at CEFCU Arena.

The project is essential to Men’s and Women’s basketball and volleyball programs, which use the court daily for practices and competitions.

However, the athletics department needs the public’s help deciding the court’s logos.

The athletics department wants the public to vote for the winner of four final court designs.

In addition, Mike and Abigail Jones agreed to match every dollar donated to the new court up to $10,000.

The athletics Department did not discuss the final cost of the court or where the funding would come from.

In 2019, ISU renovated the lower bowl of CEFCU Arena to add in cushioned seats and suite enhancements.

Blake Haas can be reached at [email protected].


Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…