Apr 12, 2014; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Donovonn Young (5) reacts during the third quarter of the spring game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

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Welcome to Writing Illini, the Illinois Fighting Illini news and opinions site brought to you by the FanSided Network. Writing Illini is dedicated to providing top-notch Fighting Illini news, views and original content. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to come together to catch up on the latest news and to discuss their passion.

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Ricky Widmer, editor

Ricky Widmer is the lead editor of Fansided's Illinois Fighting Illini site WritingIllini.com. He is also one of the hosts of The Onside Kick on NFLSpinZone.com. Ricky has a master's degree in music education and is a music teacher on the South Side of Chicago. His favorite sports teams include: the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Vikings, and (of course!) the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Ryan Kraemer, editor

First and foremost, Ryan is a husband, and a father. He is currently the Co-Editor for Writing Illini, and is also a Contributor for Redbird Rants on the Fansided Network. Ryan has been an Illini fan since childhood, and is currently hoping that sustained success on the football field is right around the corner.

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