Don't look now but proposals are being tossed around for a new arena in downtown Champaign:
I'm still skeptical myself. I went to Illinois for law school and can report that the U of I is at heart a basketball school. (Nine of the ten most recent posts at Illinois Loyalty are about hoops recruiting.) For hockey to survive in C-U they'll really need to draw in the undergrads from St Louis and Chicago -- of which there are plenty -- and then hope they drag in their pals from Illiana -- which is doubtful.
Still, someone in Champaign seems to be giving this some serious thought.