Photo caption: Illini Khalid Lewis looks to inbound the ball against Penn State's Jordan Dickerson.
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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.

Illini basketball player Maverick Morgan making a layup.
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March 04, 2016

Illini Lose On The Road To Maryland 81-55

Maverick Morgan tallied the first double-double of his Illini career, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome a three-point barrage and Illinois’ 81-55 loss to Maryland Thursday night suburban Washington DC.

Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, right, talks to Sen. David Koehler, D-Peoria, center, and Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, left, while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, March 3.
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March 03, 2016

Democrats Send Union Negotiation Bill To Rauner

The Illinois Senate, led by Democrats, has approved legislation that would let an outside arbitrator settle state-employee wages and working conditions if talks reach an impasse.  It passed by a 38-17 vote Thursday and now heads to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk. He vetoed an identical proposal last year.

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