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.

Illinois' Jalen Coleman-Lands (5) drives against Iowa's Mike Gesell (10) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten Conference tournament Thursday.
Kiichiro Sato/Assocated Press
March 10, 2016

Illini Hold On For Stunning 68-66 Upset Of No. 20 Iowa

Jalen Coleman-Lands led the way with 17 points, and Illinois won for just the second time in six games with their 68-66 upset of No. 20 Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday.  The Illini play No. 13 Purdue in Friday's quarterfinals.

Jason Gonzales, a candidate challenging long-time Speaker Michael Madigan in the 22nd Illinois House District Democratic Primary.
Michael Puente/WBEZ
March 10, 2016

An Unknown Takes On Boss Madigan

Jason Gonzales says that despite accepting campaign donations from Republicans, he's an independent Democrat who hopes to unseat long-time Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.

U of I Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Edward Feser at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Wednesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 09, 2016

UI Provost Discusses Budgeting Strategy During Impasse, Years Ahead

In the first of three open budgeting meetings, U of I Urbana campus Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Edward Feser laid out a series of proposals in the event state funding continues to fall short for the next eight to ten years.  "The amount of labor going into the planning and budgeting process has dramatically increased," he says.

Illinois' Michael Finke (43) reacts on the bench in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota at the Big Ten Conference tournament, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Indianapolis. Illinois won 85-52.
Michael Conroy/Associated Press
March 09, 2016

Finke, Illinois Cruise By Minnesota 85-52 In Big 10 Tourney

The Illini coasted to an easy victory in Wednesday night's opening game of the tournament.  Champaign native Michael Finke finished with 17 points.  Illinois (14-18) moves on to play No. 5 seed Iowa Thursday. 

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