The outside of Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.
(Wikimedia Commons)
March 28, 2013

U of I Plans Assembly Hall Work Starting in 2014

In a Thursday afternoon press conference, University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas spelled out plans for renovating Champaign's Assembly Hall, which will allow for year-round sports and entertainment programming.


Former Champaign Mayor Robert Dodd, current Mayor Don Gerard, and former Mayor Jerry Schweighart.
(Della Perrone)
March 28, 2013

Former Champaign Mayor Robert Dodd Dies

Former Champaign Mayor Robert Dodd has passed away. Dodd was an attorney who served as Champaign’s Mayor from 1983 until 1987.


March 23, 2013

Love, Roughhousing and Fifth Position in ‘Brothers Emanuel’

The brothers in the Emanuel family are known for their success and for their chutzpah. The youngest is Ari Emanuel, a high-powered Hollywood agent. The HBO show Entourage actually based a character on Ari, and that character is a bit, well, blunt — threatening, for example, to rip out someone's tongue and serve it to his son's pet lizard.


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Dick Durbin
(M. Spencer Green/AP)
March 23, 2013

They All Voted for DOMA, Now These Senators Are Split

The soul-searching over the Defense of Marriage Act went viral last week after Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, a social conservative and original co-sponsor of the 1996 bill, sought out CNN to say something no one saw coming.


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