Chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother identified a molecule that appears to cause many cancer cells to self-destruct. This week marks the start of a clinical trial on the potential new drug that has shown promising results when tested on lab animals with cancer. If it is found to be safe and effective in humans, the new drug may improve prognoses for patients with the most aggressive forms of brain cancer and other forms of the disease.
Local authorities are preparing for "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" on Friday -- the annual drinking holiday celebrated by University of Illinois students. Police acknowledge they can’t stop the holiday, so they're emphasizing safety to students.
Healthcare costs in East Central Illinois are 35 percent higher than they are in Chicago, according to a new study. While those costs may be fixed for now, Urbana's mayor wants to do something about it.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Bobbie Gregg says abuse claims at centers where wards of the state are housed are "appalling'' and "unacceptable,'' but have plagued child welfare in Illinois for decades.
Illinois lawmakers missed a Jan. 1 deadline to approve a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Without its own exchange, the state forfeits millions of federal dollars while leaving consumers vulnerable to paying more for insurance.
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.