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 width=The voice of the Fighting Illini, Brian Barnhart of Urbana, was Tuesday’s guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Barnhart is in his 10th year of broadcasting University of Illinois football and basketball games on the Illini Sports Network, which includes WTIM Newstalk 97.3 in Taylorville.

[audio:bbarn713a.mp3]Listen to Barnhart's comments here.[/audio]

Barnhart told the local Kiwanis Club that prospects are bright for both the football and mens’ basketball teams. The Illini football team has its first five games at home this fall, and the mens’ basketball team will see nine new players due to graduation.

Barnhart also commented on the recent retirement of long time Illini athletic director Ron Guenther, saying a replacement won’t be named until the university has a new chancellor, which is expected in the next few months.

[audio:bbarn713b.mp3]Listen to Barnhart's comments here.[/audio]

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings of the Kiwanis Club are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.

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