A rail tank car at the Fire Service Institute.
Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
December 07, 2016

Ethanol Spills On The Rise In The Midwest

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found that as production and transportation of ethanol has risen dramatically in the region over the past three decades, so have ethanol spills.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago)
Seth Perlman / AP
December 07, 2016

Little Progress Seen In Tuesday Budget Talks

Illinois' political leaders say things are remaining civil behind closed doors as they hold budget meetings, though they’re having trouble agreeing on how to hold future meetings.


Illinois' Malcolm Hill punctuates a fast break Tuesday night game against IUPUI
Rob McColley / for Illinois Public Media
December 07, 2016

Malcolm Hill Takes Over To Propel Illini Past IUPUI

The Illini men got all they could handle from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Tuesday night in Champaign.

Illinois won with a score of 85-77. But it was a two-possession game and the Jaguars had the ball with less than a minute to go before a Jaylon Tate steal sealed the win.


U of I President Tim Killeen speaks at Monday's Urbana campus Academic Senate meeting at the Illini Union.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 06, 2016

Killeen: No Sanctuary Status For U Of I

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says the school’s three campuses can not serve as a sanctuary for undocumented students - citing the need to uphold state and federal laws. In a mass e-mail Tuesday, Killeen says the sanctuary concept is not well defined. But he says leaders will continue to do all they can within the law to support and protect all students, including those who are undocumented.


Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
December 06, 2016

Pius Weibel Returns As Champaign County Board Chair

Champaign Democrat Pius Weibel is the new chair of the Champaign County board. A majority of County Board Democrats voted to appoint Weibel as chair at Monday night’s organizational meeting. His election came after an effort by fellow Democrat Pattsi Petrie to continue as chair with Republican support collapsed, due to the absence of GOP member John Jay.


U of I Asian American Studies Professor Naomi Paik addresses Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones and the Academic Senate Monday at the Illini Union.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 05, 2016

Campus Senate Approves ‘Inclusive Climate’ Measure After Healthy Debate

A faculty-student panel at the University of Illinois has passed a measure that renews a commitment to diversity, and a welcoming climate for minority and LGBT students in the wake of the presidential election. But there was also a fair amount of debate at Monday’s meeting of the Urbana Campus Senate - primarily over whether the 'Resolution on an Inclusive Campus Senate' needed further review.


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