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.


The marquee at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign.
Art Theater Co-op
April 17, 2017

Art Theater Co-op Holds Other Events In Wake Of Projection Problems

Champaign’s Art Theater Co-op is looking for other ways to entertain while its digital projection system is down. General Manager Austin McCann says troubleshooting could take a couple more days. He says a 'burst of creativity' includes plans for a Monday night airing of the 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast of "The War of The Worlds", and a Tuesday night trivia event. Concessions are open, but the events themselves are free. 


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