Is there way to tell if a radio button is checked by not using the value at all?? And by not using any javascript either..

Here is what Im using:

<input type="radio" name="item_id" value="1" />
<input type="radio" name="item_id" value="1" />

Now I need the name and value to stay like that.. Is it possible to see which is checked?

There are two ways to tell if a radio button is checked ...
1) submit the form and see what value the name or id contains
2) test the radio button-set with javascript

so to answer your question -- no

What you could do is create the event in JavaScript, with the control being
in the server side. You could do that by closing the object in a span an
firing a function in the onclick of the span or the object that you have
your checkbox in.