Screenshot of security video shows two people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign
University of Illinois Campus Police
February 09, 2016

UPDATE: Illini Softball Player To Face Charge Of Vandalizing Menorah

A member of the University of Illinois women's softball team, Ruby A. Fernandez-Rivera, has been issued a notice to appear in court in connection with the weekend vandalizing of the menorah outside the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign.  She's been suspended indefinitely from the team, while the other student involved, identified only as a male gymnast, will miss the next two competitions.


The front entrance to the Champaign Public Library.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
February 09, 2016

Champaign Library Starting Over In Search For Director

After an effort that began last fall and came down to four finalists, the Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees has decided to reopen its search for a new director.  Board President Martin Wolske says this decision was not a reflection on the quality of the candidates.


Kevin Jackson
Beckman Institute
February 05, 2016

From The Field To The Lab, Researcher Tackles Athletic Brain Injuries

With the Super Bowl on Sunday, all eyes are on football. The sport also happens to be Kevin Jackson’s area of scientific expertise. He came to the University of Illinois to play football while pursuing a career in science, and now he’s developing a cooling helmet that may help with athletes’ head injuries. Through his research with the University’s Beckman Institute and the Athletics Department, Jackson wants to reduce the side effects of concussions and other brain injuries for athletes.


Pens to Lens logo
Champaign-Urbana Film Society
February 04, 2016

Pens To Lens Accepting Screenplay Entries

The annual Pens to Lens screenwriting competition is accepting entries from area K-12 students from now through February 29.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with two members of the C-U Film Society board, AJ Christensen and WILL-TV's Tim Meyers about this year's event.


Businessman Steve Horve
Horve Hospitality Management.
January 27, 2016

Steve Horve Outlines Proposal For Decatur Casino

Decatur Conference Center and Hotel owner Steve Horve says former Argosy Gaming Co. executives Joe Urman and Jeff Roberts are interested in opening a satellite or mini-casino in his facility, if lawmakers in Springfield approve a gambling expansion bill that includes a license for Decatur.


Former Champaign Unit 4 School Board president Laurie Bonnett
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 20, 2016

Unit 4’s Bonnett Discusses Failed Referenda, Board Turnover, And Future Of School Facilities

Laurie Bonnett's last meeting with the Champaign School Board is Monday.  The former Unit Four board president, who's moving out of town, says she hopes to see a more collaborative strucuture in the future of school facilities, and believes the board can benefit from the high rate of turnover of late, bringing new and innovative ideas.


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