North Central College’s Dhruvil Patel was named NCAA Division III National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA.,Frank Gramarosso was chosen Coach of the Year.,Patel also was chosen co-most outstanding track athlete at the indoor nationals.

Judson (5-10): Matthew Meier CG, 7 IP, 3 H and Josh Krueger 2-for-3, RBI in Game 1.,Ian Petoskey 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and Adam Zeratsky 3-for-4, double, 2 runs, RBI in Game 2.

North Central and Aurora both play at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament in men’s basketball.,North Central hosts Chatham (Pa.), while Aurora is at Augustana.,... Judson’s Emylyn Wright was named to the CCAC All-Conference Team in women’s basketball.,... Aurora’s Terrell Wilson (men’s basketball) and Justin Yost (men’s volleyball) were selected NACC Athletes of the Week.

North Central (22-5) and Aurora (16-11) both will play Friday at a time to be determined in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament.,North Central host Chatham (Pa.) (19-9), while Aurora plays at Augustana (24-3).

Lewis' Kendale McCullum (men's basketball) and Jessica Kelliher (women's basketball) were named athletes of the week in the GLVC.,The Flyers' Cierra Pulliam (women's indoor track) was chosen conference athlete of the year, while Dana Schwarting won coach of the year honors.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget proposal includes several new taxes or tax hikes, part of a spending plan that includes more than $1 billion in new revenues.,A bag tax already exists in several municipalities including Chicago, which could be exempted under Pritzker’s proposal.,The state tax would generate between $19 million and $23 million, the administration estimates, depending in part on whether Chicago claims an exemption.,Estimated revenue: $10 million

The $1.98 state tax on a pack of cigarettes would be raised to $2.30.,The graduated-rate tax was a theme of Pritzker’s campaign and has been his answer to the fiscal problems facing the state — from coping with its massive pension debt to curbing ever skyrocketing property taxes. read more

North Central College’s Matt Cappelletti and Connor Raridon were named all-conference by the CCIW in men’s basketball.,... Aurora’s Julie Galauner was selected NACC Athlete of the Week in women’s basketball.

Aurora’s Julie Galauner was named NACC Player of the Week in women’s basketball.,... North Central teammates Dhruvil Patel (men’s indoor track) and Luke Winder (men’s indoor field) were chosen athletes of the week in the CCIW.

Enzo Fuschino was hired as men's soccer coach at North Central.,Fuschino spent the last 12 seasons at Wisconsin Platteville, leading the Pioneers to the NCAA Division III National Tournament four times.