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Illinois facing cutbacks in bad economy

Updated: January 6, 2009, 6:17 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The economic downturn is forcing the University of Illinois to delay plans to build a new basketball arena or refurbish 46-year-old Assembly Hall.

Illinois had planned to decide whether to rebuild or replace the on-campus arena by the end of 2008, but athletic director Ron Guenther put those plans on hold indefinitely after meeting with university chancellor Richard Herman.

"In talking with the chancellor, [Guenther] feels it's not very prudent to go forward in the ...

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