Image of tornado hitting a structure Southwest of Homer.
Jeff Frame
September 09, 2016

Tornado Hits Southeast Champaign County

There are no reports of injuries, but at least two rural properties were destroyed near Homer and Broadlands.  Meterologist Jeff Frame says he estimates the tornado, which stayed on the ground for 17 minutes, as an EF-2 based on the level of damage. There are also reports of at least one more tornado and some damage in Vermilion County.

About 150 students listen to a series of speakers during Friday's rally at the U of I alma mater statue.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 09, 2016

U Of I Groups Demand Changes In Demographics, Wages, Life For LGBT Students

More than 20 student groups on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus ralled Friday, unveling its 'Demands for a Transformed University.'  Areas addressed before about 150 students included racial and economic demographics on campus, wages of U of I employees, and gender and sexuality-based demographics.

Onlookers with umbrellas gather for Champaign's 9-11 memorial ceremony at West Side Park in 2015, under a US flag hoisted by a crane.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
September 09, 2016

Local Events Observing 15th Anniversary Of 9-11 Attacks

Events in east-central Illinois on Sunday, September 11th, will remember the victims of the 2001 Sept. 11th attacks, as well as the firefighters and police who came to rescue them, sometimes at the cost of their own lives.

building construction
Flickr / sandia labs
September 09, 2016

Building: A Habitat Home And A LEGO Skyscraper

On the 21st: We spoke with three Illinois religious leaders who are part of an interfaith effort to build a Habitat for Humanity house. Plus, we met the artist behind the LEGO exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and learned about the effect toys can have on children's perceptions of their own abilities.

St. Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood)
September 09, 2016

The Other K-12 Funding Reform Commission

There's a commission on reforming how public schools are funded in Illinois, formed by the Governor. Then there's the meetings hosted by St. Senator Kimberly Lightford, where lawmakers of both parties --- and lobbyists, too --- get together to discuss the hard questions around education funding reform.

a model of the USS Enterprise
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
September 08, 2016

Illinois Fans Celebrate 50 Years Of Star Trek

Deane Geiken, of Champaign, was only a year old when the original Star Trek debuted. He, like so many other fans, discovered the show in reruns. Now, he's celebrating the cultural phenomena with his teenage daughter, a third-generation Trekkie. 

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith watches during the first quarter of an Saturday's 52-3 win over Murray State Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Bradley Leeb/Associated Press
September 08, 2016

U of I Trustees OK Contract For Coach, Killeen Bonus

University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years. At their meeting Thursday, trustees also signed off on a $100,000 performance bonus for President Tim Killeen. Under his contract, the bonus was the maximum Killeen could have received for reaching performance goals.

In this April 28, 2014 photo, Students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill.
David Mercer/Associated Press
September 08, 2016

U Of I System Enrollment Expected To Top Record 81,000; EIU Enrollment Down

Enrollment figures released Thursday show U of I enrollment from a year ago went up 1.2 percent from last fall, enrolling 77,073. That figure is expected to top 81,000 when factoring in online students. Figures in Urbana show the number of new students went up 1.8 percent, including the largest freshman class in campus history, at just under 7,600.

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