In this Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, Illinois running back Kendrick Foster (22) takes a moment to himself before an NCAA college football game against North Carolina at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
Bradley Leeb/Associated Press
October 03, 2016

Illinois Announces Plans For $132 Million Stadium Renovation

The University of Illinois says it is drawing up plans to renovate the south and east sides of Memorial Stadium. The U of I said Monday that the $132 million project would move the football offices, locker rooms and training areas from the north end of the stadium to the area behind the south end zone.

A student working on her laptop on the University of New Mexico campus.
AP Photo/Russell Contreras
September 30, 2016

It’s Almost FAFSA Time; What’s New In 2016

Saturday is the first day that prospective college students and their families can begin filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA for short.  That’s much earlier than in previous years, and that’s not the only change in the FAFSA process in 2016.

Spencer Patton throwing a pitch.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
September 30, 2016

Bandwagon Bits: Spencer Patton

Urbana native and Chicago Cubs pitcher Spencer Patton joined Lisa, John, and Brian for this week's episode of "The Bandwagon" sports podcast.  Here's a small taste of the discussion.

The scene of the shooting near the U of I campus early Sunday morning.
Sean Neumann/Illinois Public Media
September 29, 2016

Suspect In Campustown Fatal Shooting Now In Custody

Champaign Police say Robbie M. Patton, 18, of Champaign turned himself in to authorities Thursday night, reporting to the Champaign County Jail at 10:15 p.m. He's charged with First Degree Murder in connection with the early Sunday morning shooting death of George Korchev of Mundelein. He also faces a count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Bond is set at $5-million.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and Public Defender George Vargas debate during Tuesday's forum in the Champaign City Council chambers.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 29, 2016

Vargas, Rietz, Spar In Candidates Forum

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and opponent and Assistant Public Defender George Vargas found little to agree on during a candidates' forum Thursday. He alleged "incompetence" on the part of her office, referencing the weekend shootings near the University of Illinois, and why suspect Robbie Patton was allowed to spend time in a Corrections boot camp, and was not imprisoned for a prior incident.

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