In this Feb. 12, 2016 photo, Democrat Juliana Stratton talks to residents during a bingo party at the Minnie Ripperton apartments in Chicago.Stratton, is trying to unseat incumbent Democratic state Rep. Ken Dunkin. “
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March 07, 2016

Obama Produces Ad For Rep. Dunkin Opponent

President Obama has voiced a commercial asking voters to support Juliana Stratton, Rep. Ken Dunkin's opponent for the Democratic nomination for Illinois' 5th House District.  The race is largely seen as a proxy war between House Speaker Michael Madigan, who's supporting Stratton, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, whose allies are supporting Dunkin.

Lovie Smith and Josh Whitman at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium.
Josh Whitman/University of Illinois
March 07, 2016

U of I Hires Lovie Smith As New Football Coach

The University of Illinois says former NFL coach Lovie Smith will be named the next football coach at the University of Illinois.  Athletic Director Josh Whitman will annouce the former Chicago Bears coach as the Illini's 25th head coach at a Monday afternoon news conference.

Photo caption: Illini Khalid Lewis looks to inbound the ball against Penn State's Jordan Dickerson.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
March 07, 2016

Illini Lose To Penn State In Season-Ender

Malcolm Hill scored a career-high 39 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to get the Illini men past Penn State, as the Nittany Lions defeated Illinois 86-79 in double-overtime Sunday in Happy Valley.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a campaign rally at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Edwardsville, Ill.
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March 05, 2016

Sanders Brings Brand Of Economic Populism To Southern Illinois

The Democratic presidential candidate spoke Friday at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where the primarily student audience packed a 4,000-seat campus basketball arena.  Sanders touched on familiar campaign themes, calling for campaign finance reform, marijuana decriminalization and increased corporate taxes.

Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush
Champaign Police Department
March 04, 2016

Police Union: Investigation Tied To ‘Negative Publicity’

Illinois' Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council says a reported internal investigation involving Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, the subject of four excessive force lawsuits, is not related to his actions on duty.  "It is a direct result of the intense negative publicity and inaccurate public statements stemming from his prior case," said General Counsel Tamara Cummings.

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
March 04, 2016

Democrats Pass ‘Compromise’ Spending Bill In Illinois House

The Democratic-led Illinois House passed legislation Thursday that would allocate nearly $3.7 billion for colleges and various human service programs. Republicans, though, say it a pre-primary sham because the state has no money. GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office sent a letter to House lawmakers before the vote saying he opposes the proposal.

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March 04, 2016

UI Researcher Sheds Light On Social Aspects Of Drinking

We know that drinking to excess is not good, but that small amounts of alcohol can have health benefits. It turns out - there can also be social rewards from alcohol. That’s the focus of Catharine Fairbairn’s research. She’s an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois.

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