A University of Illinois task force on sexual assault has started meeting and plans to survey the school's three campuses to assess the situation at each.
University spokesman Tom Hardy says the new task force met for the first time Wednesday. The group is supposed to finish surveys at the Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses by the spring.
University President Robert Easter created the group in late October. He said in a letter at the time that the task force was started because ``issues concerning sexual violence on college campuses have been in the national spotlight.''
Sexual violence in college and the military has become a prominent national issue.
Hardy says the task force has about 18 members. They include students as well as public-safety officials, student-services staff and others.
Illinois will remain without its own state healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act ... at least for the moment. The inaction by the General Assembly could mean the state will pay more to create one in the future.
Illinois may soon take on the responsibility of running its own healthcare marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. The General Assembly is working against a New Year's deadline to create its own exchange, or risk losing millions of dollars from the federal government.
Gov. Chris Christie says that a new rule requiring a 21-day quarantine for people who've been in contact with Ebola patients is necessary to protect public in New Jersey and other states, including Illinois.
A number of area schools have announced they're letting out early on Monday, August 25th, due to a forecasted heat index of 100 to 105. They include Champaign Central High School, which will dismiss at 1:05 today as well as Tuesday.