Brittany Ferrell chants while marching through the streets of St. Louis protesting the August shooting of Michael Brown.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)
November 24, 2014

Reports: Ferguson Grand Jury Has Reached Decision

Media outlets citing unidentified sources report the grand jury considering whether Police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the death of Michael Brown has reached a decision.


November 24, 2014

Illinois Universities Warned Of ‘Dire’ Budget Cuts

The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's budget transition team.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
(Susan Walsh/AP)
November 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Will Step Down

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the highest profile Republican on President Obama's cabinet, will step down, a defense official tells NPR's Tom Bowman.


Author Jean Thompson
(Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)
November 23, 2014

Jean Thompson Re-Tells Fairy Tales In “The Witch”

Author Jean ThompsonWriter Jean Thompson talks about her new book, in which she retells classic fairy tales in her own way. 

In "'The Witch' and Other Tales Re-Told" (published by Penguin's Blue Rider Press), the Urbana resident reaches back to our shared tradition of European fairy tales to produce short stores that go beyond the assumption that such tales are strictly for children. Thompson discusses her new book in an interview with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows.

Jean Thompson is the author of several novels and short story collections, including "Who Do You Love", which was named a National Book Award finalist in 1999, and "The Humanity Project", which Thompson discussed on WILL's Focus in 2013.


Illinois sideline reacts after David Reisner's game-winning field goal Saturday to defeat Penn State 16 to 14.
(AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)
November 22, 2014

Illini Win On Senior Day, 16-14 Over Penn State

Backup quarterback Reilly O'Toole led Illinois on a late drive that set up a game-winning David Reisner field goal, delivering a 16-14 win over Penn State on Saturday.


Sangamon County Courthouse
Amanda Vinicky/WUIS
November 21, 2014

State Employees Score Double Victory In Court

State employees scored a double victory Friday, as judges ruled Illinois' pension law unconstitutional and ruled state retirees will receive refunds from a similarly unconstitutional healthcare law. 


Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach wears a body-cam on his collar.
(Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media)
November 21, 2014

Rantoul Police Getting Body-Cams

The Rantoul Police Department is in the process of equipping all 23 of its uniformed officers with body-cameras.


November 21, 2014

Virginia Theatre Cancels Cosby Appearances

Two performances at Champaign's Virginia Theatre by Bill Cosby scheduled for next April 11 have been cancelled after allegations of sexual assault re-emerged.


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