Chicago Marathon Runners
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April 01, 2016

The 21st: Gender In Politics, And Why People Run Marathons

How has Hillary Clinton’s campaign changed the conversation about women holding political office? Some of our female politicians in Illinois weigh in on gender and politics. Then, as we approach marathon and half marathon season, many in Illinois will be taking on those 26.2 and 13.1 miles feats, whiles other are left others wondering "why?"

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.

Illinois offensive linesman Simon Cvijanovic is taken from the field after being injured during an NCAA college football game
Doug McSchooler/Associated Press
January 27, 2016

Former Illini Cvijanovic Details Departure From Team On HBO

Former Illini linebacker Simon Cvijanovic, whose complaints led to the firing of football coach Tim Beckman and athletic director Mike Thomas, was interviewed for a Tuesday segment on HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel."  He said there's 'no doubt' team doctors conspired with coaches for him to keep playing despite injuries.

Former Illinois soccer player Casey Conine on the field
June 08, 2015

Former Soccer Player Sues U Of I Over Concussions

A former University of Illinois soccer player has joined a growing list of the school's athletes who have complained about improper medical treatment and playing conditions. Casey Conine filed a lawsuit Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court claiming she was cleared to play in October 2014 after suffering a third concussion in two years at Illinois.

Illinois offensive linesman Simon Cvijanovic (68) blocks Western Michigan defensive end Deauntay Legrier (36) while Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) looks to pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 2
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
May 11, 2015

Illinois Lineman Says Beckman Mishandled Knee Injury

Offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic wrote a series of Twitter posts Sunday accusing Beckman and some staff members of not offering proper treatment for a torn meniscus in his knee.   U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas supported Beckman in a later statement.

a radar image of Illinois weather.
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April 24, 2015

Illinois Marathon Organizers Predict Race Will Go On

Organizers of the Illinois Marathon say they're optimistic Saturday's race will go on despite a forecast of rain and thunderstorms. Scott Friedlein is the Emergency Services Coordinator for the race. He says, "We run this race rain or shine. The only thing that would stop this event from occurring is dangerous weather which would be lightning or tornadic activity in the area."

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