Illinois' Leron Black (12) and Nnanna Egwu (32) walk off the court after an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Chicago.
Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press
February 19, 2016

Police Arrest Illini Forward Black After Bar Fight

Illini basketball player Leron Black has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge for an alleged incident at a Campustown bar.  Police say he threated a bouncer with a knife.  According to a statement released by the News-Gazette, Coach John Groce has suspended Black indefinitely.


Barbara Wilson and Josh Witman
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 18, 2016

Josh Whitman Introduced As U Of I Athletic Director

After more than 100 days without an athletic director, the University of Illinois has officially named Josh Whitman to the post.  The U of I graduate earned law and finance degrees at the school, and played for a few years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.


The most used words in social media posts about the Illinois budget stand off
Crimson Hexagon
February 17, 2016

Illinois Public Radio Budget Address Special

Governor Bruce Rauner presented his 2017 budget today, February 17. But we’re in uncharted territory here - because as we all know - we don’t have a 2016 budget. There are so many questions about this budget impasse. During the hour before the governor’s speech we took your questions.


Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 16, 2016

Champaign Cty Board Of Review Reaffirms Decision On Hospital Properties

The Champaign County Board of Review is leaving properties owned by Urbana's two hospitals on the property tax rolls, for now.  But an attorney representing both the Carle health system and Presence Covenant says the 3-member panel shouldn't make this decision without 'waiting for the legal dust to clear.'


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2015.
Jim Mone/Associated Press File Photo
February 13, 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia Dead At 79

Justice Antonin Scalia is dead. The influential conservative and provocative member of the Supreme Court was 79. The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas. The service's spokeswoman says Scalia was found dead Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast. 


This Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 photo shows the headstone marking the final resting place of Cory Lovelace at Woodland Cemetery in Quincy, Ill.
Jim Suhr/Associated Press
February 05, 2016

Hung Jury Declared In Trial Of Former Illinois Football Star

The murder trial of Curtis Lovelace, accused of suffocating his first wife, Cory, has resulted in a hung jury.  The retrial for the former Adams County assistant state's attorney has been set for May 31.


Champaign Police Car
Wikimedia Commons
February 03, 2016

Champaign Council Approves $70,000 Settlement, Third Involving Officer Rush

The three excessive force lawsuit settlements involving police officer Matt Rush total $320,000.  Concerned citizens have been calling for for Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz to file charges against Rush. Council members also may lobby with Urbana leaders for changes in the police union arbitration process.


A sign in front of a home on Lincoln Avenue in Urbana protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
February 02, 2016

Attorney General Seeks Stay Of Tax Ruling Impacting Urbana Hospitals

The Illinois Attorney General's office wants the 4th District Appellate Court to delay enforcement of the January 5 ruling which found a 2012 state law involving tax exemptions for hospitals that provide charity care to be unconstitutional. The motion for a stay was filed with the appelate court on January 28.  Carle is appealing last month's ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court.


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