Tracy Parsons with the City of Champaign discusses goals of the CU Fresh Start Program with reporters, along with Mayor Deb Feinen, Rev. Ricky Parks, and Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
October 07, 2016

C-U Anti-Violence Initiative Holds First ‘Call-In’

Community leaders in Champaign-Urbana have been working on the CU Fresh Start approach to gun violence for nearly a year. Thursday marked the program's 'Call-In', giving offenders with a background tied to gun crime a chance to connect to community resources and reform their lives. "We recognize that we can't arrest our way out of this problem," says Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly.


A student working on her laptop on the University of New Mexico campus.
AP Photo/Russell Contreras
September 30, 2016

It’s Almost FAFSA Time; What’s New In 2016

Saturday is the first day that prospective college students and their families can begin filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA for short.  That’s much earlier than in previous years, and that’s not the only change in the FAFSA process in 2016.


Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing announces her plans for seeking a fourth term at her home Wednesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 28, 2016

Prussing Seeking 4th Term As Mayor

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing is seeking a fourth term in 2017, making the annoucement at her Urbana home Wednesday. There could be a 3-way race for the office in the February Democratic primary, with Urbana Alderwoman Diane Marlin running, and fellow city council member Aaron Ammons reportedly weighing a run for the city's top office.


New U of I Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones, joined by Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson at the Illini Union Wednesday.
Sean Neumann//Illinois Public Media
September 27, 2016

Robert Jones Begins Tenure As U Of I Urbana Chancellor

Even before his first official day on the job Monday, the new chancellor of the University of Illinois Urbana campus felt he had to send out a campus-wide e-mail on Sunday to address the fatal shooting that happened in Champaign’s Campustown area late Saturday night.


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