Jon Daniel’s home was raided last spring after he created the Twitter account that spoofed Peoria’s Mayor and included raunchy messages before it was suspended.
(Photo: Alex Rusicano/WCBU)
September 03, 2015

Peoria Settles Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account

The City of Peoria is paying $125,000 to a man who created a parody Twitter account of the city’s mayor.  The payment settles a federal lawsuit involving free speech and social media.


U of I engineering professor John Rogers.  He's also a Swanlund Chair, the highest chaired position on the U of I's Urbana campus.
(U of I News Bureau)
August 30, 2015

U of I Losing Honored Engineering Prof For Northwestern Position

John Rogers has been tapped to lead a $25 million biomedical engineering research center at Northwestern University, beginning in 2016.   He holds a Swanlund Chair, the highest chaired position at the university's Urbana campus.


Desiree Griffiths, 31, of Miami, holds up a sign saying "Black Lives Matter", with the names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men recently killed by police, during a protest Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Miami. People are protesting n
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
August 21, 2015

What #BlackLivesMatter Means One Year Later

“Black Lives Matter has become something that’s very easy to identify, and I’m going to say it again, it’s more hashtag than reality," said Cha-Jua, "and if these kids think that they can tweet their damn way to freedom, then they are sorely misguided.”


The front window of That's Rentertainment in Champaign, in the local businesses' final weeks.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
August 14, 2015

Champaign’s ‘Renter’ Closing Its Doors

For employees and regular customers, the closure of That's Rentertainment means the loss of a social outlet, and something that can't be recreated through online streaming of material, or even a Facebook page.  Champaign-Urbana's last locally owned video store closes Sunday. 


A storm hovers over an Illinois rural landscape on May 29, 2015. Extreme weather is likely to become more common in the Midwest under climate change conditions, according researchers and federal reports.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
July 21, 2015

GMOs, Monsanto And The Fight Against Climate Change

A Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of the USDA data found that Monsanto has been responsible for introducing 37 different genetically engineered seeds approved by the USDA. That number is about one-third of all USDA-approved GMOs. Most of those approved seeds have been for corn, soybean and cotton.


Indian Farm
Courtesy of Alan Guebert
July 17, 2015

Agriculture Will Return To ‘The Land Of Milk And Uncle Honey”

Alan Guebert has written a syndicated newspaper column about agriculture for about 20 years. Several of those columns have recounted what life was like on the “Southern Illinois dairy farm of his youth” – near St. Louis – and the beloved great uncle who came to “help.” At his daughter’s suggestion, the two of them have gathered those stories into a book, The Land of Milk And Uncle Honey. 


New Horizons was about 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Pluto and Charon when it snapped this portrait late on July 8, 2015.
NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI
July 13, 2015

Pluto Fly-By: Reaching New Horizons

Eighty-five years after Pluto was discovered by an astronomer from Illinois – the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto and show us what this far-off world looks like. David Leake, the head of Staerkel Planetarium, fills us in on what to expect and the Central Illinois connection to Pluto. 


Adolf Tolkachev leaving his car at a roadblock on June 9, 1985.
Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive
July 10, 2015

A Tale Of Real-Life Espionage In New Book

David Hoffman details the story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable Soviet spy during the Cold War, and the CIA agents he passed hundreds of thousands of pages of information to in his new book – the Billion Dollar Spy. 


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