Barbara Wilson and Josh Witman
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 18, 2016

Josh Whitman Introduced As U Of I Athletic Director

After more than 100 days without an athletic director, the University of Illinois has officially named Josh Whitman to the post.  The U of I graduate earned law and finance degrees at the school, and played for a few years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.

Gov. Bruce Rauner shakes hands with the General Assembly's Democratic leaders, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
February 18, 2016

Governor Proposes Budget Options; Democrats Choose Neither

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it's shocking and unacceptable that the state is in its eighth month without a budget. Wednesday, he laid out his vision for finally ending the political stalemate that has paralyzed state government. The Republican's language was more conciliatory, but the ideas remain the same.

The most used words in social media posts about the Illinois budget stand off
Crimson Hexagon
February 17, 2016

Illinois Public Radio Budget Address Special

Governor Bruce Rauner presented his 2017 budget today, February 17. But we’re in uncharted territory here - because as we all know - we don’t have a 2016 budget. There are so many questions about this budget impasse. During the hour before the governor’s speech we took your questions.

Screenshot of security video shows Ruby Rivera, accompanied by a second person, people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign
University of Illinois Campus Police
February 17, 2016

U Of I Softball Player Apologizes For Menorah Damage

Suspended University of Illinois softball player Ruby Rivera has apologized for damaging a menorah at an orthodox Jewish student center near the Urbana campus.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
Teresa Crawford/AP Photo
February 17, 2016

Rauner To Pin Budget Message On Education

Education may once again receive special treatment from Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, when he presents his budget message to the Illinois General Assembly at noon on Wednesday.

Illini freshman guard Aaron Jordan passes to Malcolm Hill Tuesday night against Rutgers.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 17, 2016

Hill Leads Illini Past Rutgers, 82-66

Malcolm Hill scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds as Illinois cruised to an 82-66 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night. Illinois snaps a two-game skid while the Scarlet Knights have lost 13 straight games. Maverick Morgan added 17 points for the Fighting Illini.

Photo from Josh Whitman's Washington University Twitter feed
Josh Whitman/Twitter
February 16, 2016

U of I Hires Next Athletic Director

A University of Illinois official familiar with the decision says the school has hired Washington University athletic director Josh Whitman as its new AD.

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