Ang Lee
(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
February 24, 2013

UIUC Alum Wins Best Director at Oscars

Ang Lee has won the Academy Award for best director for his "Life of Pi." Lee graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.


Fidel Castro and Raul Castro
(Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate/AP)
February 24, 2013

Cuban President Raul Castro to Retire in 2018

Cuban President Raul Castro has said he will stand down at the end of his second term in 2018, following his re-election by the National Assembly.


 Illinois republican Chairman Pat Brady
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
February 24, 2013

Gay Marriage Flap Could Cost Ill. GOP Chair His Job

Just weeks after the head of the Illinois Republican Party announced his support for same-sex marriage legislation, some state party bosses are moving forward with plans to oust the state GOP leader, the party chairman said Friday afternoon.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
(Brendan McDermid/Reuters/Landov)
February 24, 2013

Bloomberg’s Anti-NRA Message Could Sway Ill. Race

One of the most important events in the national gun violence debate will take place Tuesday — in the snows of Chicago, a thousand miles from Newtown, Conn., or Washington, D.C.


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