State Rep. Carol Ammons and Rep. Will Guzzardi are joined by a panel of home health care workers
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 20, 2017

Reps. Ammons, Guzzardi, Push For Minimum Wage Hike

State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) says a higher minimum wage would help both workers and the economy. Ammons was part of a rally in Champaign Wednesday, pushing to raise minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour over five years.


Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus.
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April 19, 2017

Apparent Suicide Outside U Of I’s Krannert Center

University of Illinois Police are investigating an apparent suicide involving a student at the campus’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Officers responded to a report of a fire at Krannert’s outdoor amphitheater just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. Police found a person with severe burns, who was likely deceased, with a gas can next to him. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup tells the News-Gazette the deceased was identified as a 21-year old male student from Gurnee.


The marquee at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign.
Art Theater Co-op
April 19, 2017

Art Theater Projector Repaired

After nearly a week without a working projector, downtown Champaign’s Art Theater Co-Op is ready to show movies again. Manager Austin McCann says the theater had to go dark a few days ago, when their hundred-thousand-dollar digital movie projector malfunctioned.


Construction at the University of Illinois Research Park.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 19, 2017

Champaign City Council Approves Research Park Expansion

The research park at the University of Illinois continues to grow. The Champaign City Council approved two measures Tuesday night for the research park’s expansion on the south end of Champaign.


Sign at Northeastern Illinois University.
Northeastern Illinois University
April 18, 2017

Moody’s Lowers Rating For One State School, Threatens To Do Same For Six Others

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of one state university in Illinois — Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.  The lower rating takes Northeastern well become so-called junk status. And the bond credit rating company says the rating could be lowered even further.


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