Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen talks with WILL's Jim Meadows on Thursday May 14, 2015.
Michael Owen Thomas/WILL
May 16, 2015

Timothy Killeen Prepares To Step Into Job As U of I President

Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen will assume office on Monday, May 18. He succeeds Robert Easter, who's served as the top administrator for the three campuses since 2012. He spoke with WILL's Jim Meadows about his vision for the future of the three campuses, his strategy for dealing with state budget cuts and the recent scandals at the U of I.


Ramogi Huma, President of the College Athletes Players Association
AP Photo/Paul Beaty
May 15, 2015

Updated: A New Type of Student Union?

An encore presentation of Focus on WILL exploring the legal questions around student athletes unionizing. This episode of Focus was recorded in February of 2014. We are re-airing the discussion in light of the recent allegations made by former offensive lineman Simon  that he was misled him about the extent of his injuries. This show covers many of the issues connected to Cvijanovic case. 


In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at an event in Springfield, Ill. Democrats in the Illinois House voted down a plan similar to Gov. Rauner's proposal to allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of u
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
May 15, 2015

House Turns Down Governor’s Right-To-Work Turnaround

Illinois Democrats have knocked one of the new Republican governor's top priorities down to an easy defeat. The Illinois House yesterday voted against Bruce Rauner's notion of local right-to-work zones. The issue is highly contentious on its own. But a broader division was also at play.Before we get to the right-to-work debate, it's important to rewind some.


Children peer out of makeshift shelter in destroyed village of Paslang near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District of Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Military operations continue Tuesday to reach the isolated areas
AP Photo/Wally Santana
May 12, 2015

UPDATE: Champaign-Urbana Nepali Community Organizes To Help Earthquake Victims

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal destroying buildings and infrastructure. Officials are reported over 8,000 dead and over 14,000 were injured. Now, a second earthquake hit Tuesday. This 7.3 magnitude earthquake caused further damage has killed at least 40 more and injured over 900 while further damaging to Nepal's infrastructure and ability to rebuild. [Update in process on May 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.]


Researcher Ruby Mendenhall sits in her office holding a copy of the Racial Microaggressions in the Classroom report.
(Photo: Tiffany Jolley)
May 12, 2015

U of I Report Details Episodes Of Racial Microaggressions

Students of color at the University of Illinois say they hear racist remarks, are subjected to stereotypes, feel excluded in group projects or receive other negative messages based on race, according to a new report on race relations.


Sign that Champaign Unit 4 placed at its Interstate Drive site, before two failed referendums last spring and fall.
(Jim Meadows/WILL)
May 12, 2015

Unit 4 Property To Be Used To Raise Soybeans

Champaign's Unit 4 Schools has leased land that was to be used for a new Central High School for growing crops for at least part of next year.


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