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January 11, 2008

Vol. 137 Issue 77
                              The Daily Illini                                     The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871	
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                                                      “You cannot uninvent cigarettes.”                                                                                                                      Mendenhall
                                                                    Garnet DaWn SCheuer, president of illinois smokers rights
                                                                                                                                                                                                             NFL Draft
             Cigarette debate                                                                                                                                                                                intentions
             goes up in smoke                                                                                                                                                                                By DanieL JOhnSOn
                                                                                                                                                                                                             sTAFF wriTer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                SKOKIE, Ill. — In a deci-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             sion he admitted he had been
                                                                                                                                                                                                             contemplating before the sea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             son even started, junior run-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ning back Rashard Mendenhall
                                                                                                                                                                                                             decided Thursday to forego his
                                                                                                                                                                                                             senior season and enter the NFL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mendenhall cited his personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                             confidence and feedback that he
                                                                                                                                                                                                             has received from the NFL as
                                                                                                                                                                                                             helping him make his decision
                                                                                                                                                                                                             to leave Illinois. Mendenhall
                                                                                                                                                                                                             did not say in which round he
                                                                                                                                                                                                             had been hear-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ing from NFL
                                                                                                                                                                                                             scouts that he
                                                                                                                                                                                                             might be draft-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ed, but he said
                                                                                                                                                                                                             that if it was not
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the first round,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             he would be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “The news menDenhaLL
                                                                                                                                                                                                             that I got back from the NFL
                                                                                                                                                                                                             was really good, (I received)
                                                                                                                                                                                                             a really good grade,” Menden-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             hall said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mendenhall said the idea of
                                                                                                                                                                                                             going pro originally came up
                                                                                                                                                                                                             before the season while talking
                                                                                                                                                                     PhoTo iLLUsTrATion BY aarOn FaCemire    with running backs coach Reg-

 State butts in, citizens butt out
                                                                                                                                                                                                             gie Mitchell.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Before the season started
                                                                                                                                                                                                             I talked with Coach Mitchell,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mendenhall said. “We talked
                                                                                                                                                                                                             about the fact that if I had the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             year that I wanted to have and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the team could do the things that

         ‘Long-awaited law’ took                                                                           Local smoking ban views                                                                           we wanted them to do, I might
                                                                                                                                                                                                             want to make the decision to
                                                                                                                                                                                                             jump to the NFL.”

         effect with start of 2008                                                                         overpowered by state act
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mendenhall’s junior year was
                                                                                                                                                                                                             highlighted by setting six sin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             gle-season records for the Illini
                                                                                                                                                                                                             in rushing yards (1,681), rush-
         By JOnathan JaCOBSOn                                                                             By PatriCk WaDe                                                                                    ing touchdowns (17), total touch-
         sTAFF wriTer                                                                                     deveLoPMenT ediTor                                                                                 downs (19), 100-yard games
            A stiff ban on smoking in Illinois went into effect Jan. 1.                                   After years of debate, the smoke is beginning to clear around one of                               (eight), all-purpose yards (1,999)
            The law, however, does not come as a surprise for many Illinois resi-                      Illinois’ most pressing public health issues.                                                         and scoring (114 points). Men-
         dents. It is part of a nationwide and even worldwide movement to curb                            The “Smoke-free Illinois Act” went into effect Jan. 1, banning smoking                             denhall amassed all of these
         smoking in public places, including France, which also put a smoking ban                      in most indoor public places and ending public debate in local govern-                                records in his first season as a
         in place on New Year’s Day.                                                                              ments, but private debate still continues in Urbana and Cham-                              full-time starter.
            The Illinois ban, which covers virtually all public indoor                                            paign as to whether the smoking ban was the right move.                                       Mendenhall started the press
         spaces, including restaurants, bars, casinos and bowling alleys,   penalties for businesses                 Norm Phillips, senior in LAS and a non-smoker, is one stu-                              conference on a light-hearted
         makes Illinois the 22nd state to pass a blanket-style regulation   found to be in violation:             dent who will be attending the bars more often.                                            note, giving a faux commitment
         on indoor smoking.                                                    • $250 for first violation            “Personally, yes, it benefits me,” Phillips said. “But I think                          to stay at the University but then
            “We can all collectively take a fresh breath of air as this        • $500 for second                  it’s government interfering too much in peoples’ lives.”                                   announced his intentions.
         long-awaited law finally takes hold,” said Gov. Blagojevich in a   violation                                Phillips enjoys patronizing smoke-free bars, but said the                                  “It comes as no surprise that
         statement that claims 16,000 people die of smoking-related ill-       • $2,500 minimum fine              ban is burning business owners by cutting too far into their                               I am here today to announce my
         nesses each year.                                                  for subsequent violations             individual rights.                                                                         decision to stay in school,” Men-
            Illinois’ nearly 3 million smokers, should they want to smoke   within one year of the first             “It’s a great thing,” said At-Large Champaign City Council                              denhall said. “No, I’m going to
         indoors, will be relegated to their homes, some hotel rooms and    violation                             member Thomas Bruno. “People will be healthier. Workers                                    the NFL. This is a decision I feel
         retail tobacco stores, the only places the ban exempts.                                                  will have a safer environment in which to work.”                                           in my heart is the right one to
            All businesses not exempted are being called on to remove                                                Enforcement of the ban will be largely complaint driven,                                make. This is the next step that
         ashtrays and put up “no smoking” signs. Fines of $250 can be       penalty for individual                Champaign Mayor Gerald Schweighart said, and controlled                                    I need to take in my life and in
         imposed on individual smokers and even higher fines can be         found to be in violation:             by the Illinois Department of Public Health.                                               my career.”
         imposed on businesses not in compliance with the new rules.           • Minimum $100 fine                   “Like a lot of laws, it will be one that will not be enforced
            Although some municipalities had adopted similar regu-          with maximum up to $250               very heavy unless there are complaints made,” Schweighart                                      see MenDenhall, Page 7A
         lations over the last few years, such as Chicago, Springfield,                                           said.
         Champaign and Urbana, many were concerned the ban would                soUrce: sMoke-Free.iLLinois.Gov      The Champaign City Council has fought back and forth with                                 mendenhall’s career
         upset local businesses.                                                                                  the idea of a smoking ban for the past two years. The Council
            “People over the long run are going to go out less often and                                          originally voted in favor of a total smoking ban in 2006, which                              rushing stats at Illinois
         not stay as long,” said Garnet Dawn Scheuer, president of Illi-                                          took effect in Champaign in January of last year.                                            Year    ATT    Yds    AvG       Td
         nois Smokers Rights, which, she admits, is something of an oxymoron                              After the April 2007 elections shifted the political makeup from a lib-                              2005    48     218    4.5       0
         now. “When the Illinois Assembly passed this law, they took a lot of law-                     eral to a conservative majority, the Council voted for a partial repeal of                              2006    78     640    8.2       5
                                                                                                                                                                                                               2007    262    1681   6.4       17
                                                                   see sTaTe, Page 7A                                                                                   see local, Page 7A

Hundreds flee                                                                                                                                                       Man charged with
Illinois floods                                                                                                                                                     trafficking drugs
The AssociATed Press                  cials said.                                                                                                                   Cocaine supplied                        Holland, Ill. — with conspira-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            cy to distribute cocaine and 50
   WATSEKA, Ill. — Days of               While many of those forced to                                                                                                                                      grams or more of crack cocaine,
spring-like weather that brought
heavy rainfall and melting snow
                                      leave their homes found friends
                                      or family to stay with, a Wat-
                                                                                                                                                                    to C-U since 2003                       according to a press release. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                            fourth person was indicated as
caused severe flooding that           seka church sheltered about 70                                                                                                By Sky OPiLa                            having involvement but remains
forced the evacuation of more         occupants Wednesday night and                                                                                                 cAMPUs ediTor                           a fugitive.
than 430 homes in East-Central        a Pontiac recreation center took                                                                                                A Chicago man was charged                If convicted of conspiracy,
Illinois, including in this town      in about 25 people, said Patti                                                                                                Wednesday with directing a drug         Fowowe faces mandatory life in
where floodwaters were as deep        Thompson, a spokeswoman for                                                                 mike VOSS The AssociATed Press    trafficking organization which          prison.
as six feet.                          the Illinois Emergency Manage-          Watseka firefighter Kyann Siebring carries Alisha Condon to safety after              allegedly transported several              Prosecutors allege Daley trans-
   The towns hardest hit are Pon-     ment Agency.                            Alisha and both her parents were evacuated from their home, Wednesday.                kilograms of cocaine and crack          ported the illegal substances from
tiac in Livingston County, where         Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared                                                                                              cocaine from Chicago to the             Chicago to Champaign-Urbana
about 200 homes were evacu-           the two counties state disaster         deep in some places, said Carl            said.                                       Champaign-Urbana area from              and brought drug proceeds back
ated when the Vermilion River         areas.                                  Gerdovich, director of the Iro-             Fire Chief David Mayotte said             March 2003 to December 2007.            to Fowowe. The indictment also
went over its banks, and Wat-            In Watseka, a town of about          quois County Emergency Service            officials used a dozen boats to res-          The indictment from a feder-          alleges that Davis rented an apart-
seka in Iroquois County, where        6,000 about 90 miles south of Chi-      Disaster Agency.                          cue about 535 residents, plus 75            al grand jury charges Olaitan           ment in Urbana and distributed
residents left about 235 homes        cago, the downtown business dis-           “Most of the people who have           pets, starting shortly after mid-           Fowowe, 26, and two others —            the drugs around the area.
because of flooding from Sugar        trict was spared. But floodwaters       lived here a long time say it’s the                                                   Sasha Daley, 23, of Chicago and
Creek and the Iroquois River, offi-   elsewhere in town reached 6-feet        worst flooding they’ve seen,” he                     see FlooDInG, Page 7A            Kristopher Davis, 24, of South                          see DrUGs, Page 7A

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