Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at Wednesday's University of Illinois trustees meeting.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
March 15, 2017

U Of I Trustees Hear Call For Higher Black Enrollment

An African-American student group is launching a campaign to pressure administrators to take steps to increase black enrollment at the University of Illinois. That included a demonstration in the middle of a U of I Board of Trustees meeting on the Urbana campus Wednesday.


The proposed Cronus site on the north side of the highway on March 21, 2016
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
March 15, 2017

Delays At Proposed Illinois Fertilizer Plant Put Tax Breaks At Risk

Cronus Chemicals will start losing part of its nearly $40 million in state tax incentives if its proposed $1.9 billion ammonia fertilizer plant in Tuscola, Ill., is not operating by July 2, according to tax credit agreements.


K.L. Cleeton addresses media inside Stratton Building.
WUIS
March 15, 2017

Rule to Get Rid of Home Health Care Overtime Advances

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new rules restricting overtime pay for home health aids passed a major test Tuesday. Starting August 1, caretakers will be limited to a 45-hour work-week. If people require more care, they’ll have to find an additional worker.


CNBC's Ted Kemp (left) talks with Brian Moline.
Cari James/U of I College of Media
March 15, 2017

CNBC’s Ted Kemp Discusses Role Of Media

The Senior Digital Editor for CNBC talks about a recent visit to the University of Illinois Urbana campus, and the questions he got from journalism students.  He also discusses how financial reporting has changed since the 2008 financial crisis.


Leron Black and Malcolm Hill
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
March 14, 2017

Illini Men Run Past Crusaders 82-57

Interim Head Coach Jamall Walker picked up a victory in the Illini's NIT opener, 82-57 over Valparaiso at State Farm Center Tuesday night.  Malcolm Hill led the Illini with 25 points. Leron Black added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, as the Illini advance to the second round to face the winner of Boise State and Utah, who play later Tuesday evening.


Developer Dionis Rodriquez and project manager Bill Walsh pose with a suit of armor in the Urbana Landmark Hotel
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
March 14, 2017

Developers Make Case For Renovating Urbana Landmark Hotel

The developer who wants to renovate downtown Urbana’s Urbana Landmark Hotel made a presentation before the Urbana City Council Monday night. Dionis Rodriguez and his development firm Crimson Rock Capital have big plans for the 94-year-old building that closed last year.  --- but only if the city is ready to provide some financial assistance.


Former Illini Women's Basketball head coach Matt Bollant addresses the media at the Ubben Basketball Complex.
Jeff Bossert/WILL
March 14, 2017

Illinois Fires Women’s Basketball Coach Bollant

Matt Bollant has been fired as head women's basketball coach at Illinois after five seasons, compliing a record of 61-94, and 22-62 in the Big Ten Conference. The news comes three days after John Groce was fired as men's head basketball coach.  "I am excited to embrace a future for Illinois Women's Basketball where we realize the program's full - and virtually unlimited - potential," said U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman.


State Representative Carol Ammons of Urbana
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
March 13, 2017

Ammons, Bennett Talk Budget At Town Hall Meeting

More than 100 people filled the Carpenters' Local 243 Hall in Champaign to get an update on the budget impasse, and ask questions of State Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) and State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).


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