Centers Maverick Morgan with the Illini and Tacko Fall of UCF compete for the ball during their Wednesday night NIT quarterfinal game in Orlando.
University of Illinois Athletics
March 23, 2017

Illinois Ends NIT With 68-58 Quarterfinal Loss To UCF

Despite 29 points and a second-half rally from Malcolm Hill, Illinois lost to Central Florida 68 to 58 Wednesday night in NIT quarterfinal action at CFE Arena in Orlando.

The UCF Knights advance to the final four of the NIT, and will play TCF next week.


Emergency services transport an injured person to an ambulance, close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain's Parliament "as a terrorist inc
Matt Dunham / AP
March 22, 2017

4 Dead, More Than 20 Injured After Attack Near U.K. Parliament

An attack mid-day Wednesday in the heart of London has caused at least four deaths and 20 injuries, according to police. "We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. "There has been a serious incident within the estate," Commons Leader David Lidington told members of Parliament.


Republicans who voted for at least one part of the grand bargain include Sens. Althoff, Anderson, Fowler, McCann, Nybo, Oberweiss, Radogno, Righter, Syverson and Tracy.
Senators via ILGA.gov/ Rauner by Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
March 22, 2017

Did Rauner ‘Pull Votes’ Off The Grand Bargain?

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to insist he is not responsible for derailing the state Senate's so-called grand bargain. But Democrats say he pulled Republican votes off the bipartisan deal ... which was trying to end Illinois' budget stalemate. Both assertions cannot be true — so we asked Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey to investigate.


Nancy Fahey profile picture on Washington University website.
Washington University
March 22, 2017

U Of I Names New Women’s Basketball Coach

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman has announced that Nancy Fahey has been named the next women's basketball coach. She comes from Washington University in St. Louis, where she spent 31 years.  A member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, she's guided the Bears to an NCAA record five Division III National Championships.


Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs speaks at the University YMCA in Champaign on Friday, March 10.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 21, 2017

Frerichs Seeks Clarity From President On Medical Cannabis Law

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says he’s frustrated with the Trump Administration’s lack of transparency on medical marijuana. The Champaign Democrat says he’s written the president twice since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the drug ‘dangerous’, but didn’t further explain if he was referring to medicinal, or recreational use.


Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch
Susan Walsh/AP
March 21, 2017

NPR Live Coverage: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

NPR Politics team will live blog Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.


Illini senior point guard Tracy Abrams releases a shot over Boise State's Robin Jorch.
Rob McColley / Illinois Public Media
March 21, 2017

Illinois Beat Boise State 71-56 In NIT’s 2nd Round

The Illini men's basketball team dispatched Boise State 71-56 Monday night in an NIT second-round game in Champaign. But the Illini will not compete in a much anticipated intra-state rivalry game Wednesday.

The Illinois State Redbirds lost a heartbreaker in Normal to the University of Central Florida. Consequently, the Illini will travel to Orlando on Tuesday and play UCF on Wednesday.


Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly announcing his resignation at Monday's city council meeting.
UPTV
March 20, 2017

Urbana Police Chief Announces Resignation Ahead Of Election

Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly has resigned, effective April 14. Connolly made the announcement at Monday night's city council meeting. In an emotional statement, he thanked city officials for their support and said the city is in good hands under the remaining police leadership. 


Matt Turner / Flickr
March 20, 2017

Illinois Issues: Legislative Checklist

The spring legislative session is in full swing under the shadow of a failed Grand Bargain, which aimed to end a 20-month stretch without a budget. Bills proposed are diverse, including lobbyist ethics, an Obama holiday, wage theft and animal welfare.


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