Malcolm Hill launches a shot against Purdue.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
March 12, 2016

Illini Bow Out With 89-58 Loss To Purdue

A balanced scoring attack and blistering shooting percentage rocketed the Purdue men past Illinois 89-58 Friday afternoon in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal action at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

upporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, face off with protesters after a rally on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago was cancelled due to security concerns Friday,
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
March 11, 2016

Trump Cancels Chicago Rally; Protesters Celebrate

Donald Trump cancelled a rally Friday at the University of Illinois' Chicago campus, saying he didn't want anyone to get hurt after protesters packed the arena.  Protesters celebrated, chanting "We stopped Trump!"

U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman with new Illini Football Coach Lovie Smith at the announcement of his hiring.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 11, 2016

Columnist Leitch Weighs In On The Lovie Smith Hype

This week’s hiring of Lovie Smith as the 25th football coach in Illini history has generated huge interest among fans and sportswriters.  U of I graduate Will Leitch falls into both those categories.  In a column this week for Sports On Earth, the Mattoon native recalls another optimistic time for Illini football, more than 25 years ago.

Eastern Illinois University logo
Eastern Illinois University
March 11, 2016

Struggling Illinois Universities Testify Before Lawmakers

A number of university presidents testified for an Illinois Senate committee Thursday on what Illinois' budget impasse has done to their institutions.  They say nearly a year without state support has led to layoffs, students struggling to pay tuition without grants and high school students considering going elsewhere for a degree.

County Road 1450N, south of St. Joseph, in late December 2015.
Steve Hillberg
March 10, 2016

FEMA Denies Request For Federal Assistance After Winter Floods

The state of Illinois was told Thurday that its requests for both individual assistance and public assistance were denied - after flooding impacted 21 counties in late December and January.  State IEMA Director James Joseph blames the federal government's population-based threshold for determining assistance.

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