Former Illinois coach John Groce signals a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 26.
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April 05, 2017

Akron Hires Former Illinois Coach Groce

Akron has hired former Illinois coach John Groce to take over its program. Groce replaces Keith Dambrot, who surprisingly left his alma mater last week after a successful run to coach at Duquesne. Groce is familiar with the Mid-American Conference after spending four seasons at Ohio. He went 85-56 at the school and twice led the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament.


Campaign signs cover the lawn outside the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 05, 2017

Municipal Election Roundup

The Champaign County village of Savoy has a new village president for the first time since 1989. That's one of many area races decided in Tuesday's Illinois municipal election.


Diane Marlin celebrates her victory with supporters at Pizza M in Urbana.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 04, 2017

Marlin Wins Urbana Mayor’s Race

Democratic Alderwoman Diane Marlin will be Urbana’s next mayor after netting more than 42-hundred votes Tuesday. Republican opponent Rex Bradfield finished with 680. Marlin will be sworn into office on May 1.


Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at a University of Illinois trustees meeting on March 15, 2017.
Jim Meadows/WILL
April 04, 2017

Project 1000; New Central Illinois Health Clinic; In Studio: Jupiter String Quartet

On the 21st: We spoke with two students from Black United Front UIUC, a group that is urging the University of Illinois to recruit more black students and provide better resources. Plus, we learned about a new health clinic that aims to increase access to affordable medical and dental care in central Illinois, and we were joined in studio by the Jupiter String Quartet for a preview of their upcoming performance in Urbana. 


Ameya Pawar attended an immigrant rights rally in Peoria on Sunday. He says his parents emigrated from colonial India to escape poverty.
Cass Herrington/Peoria Public Radio
April 04, 2017

Pawar Touts Roosevelt-esque ‘New Deal’ For Illinois

A self-described “underdog” in the race for Illinois governor says he already has a plan to address the state’s ailing economy. Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is one of six contenders for the Democratic bid for governor in 2018. Pawar says he strongly favors a progressive tax structure -- meaning, higher taxes on the wealthy.


The U.S. Supreme Court building
Brittany Hogan / Flickr
April 04, 2017

Illinois Issues: This State’s Abortion Debate

With Democrats in firm control of the Illinois General Assembly, abortion rights might seem to be safe in the state. But what would happen if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal across the country in 1973? Abortion-rights supporters worry that an Illinois statute from 1975 could act as a “trigger law,” automatically banning abortions in the state.


Champaign County Nursing Home
Scott Cameron/Illinois Public Media
April 03, 2017

Voting Day: Guide To Area Elections

Voters across Illinois head to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in races that include mayors and village presidents, tax measures, school board members and other questions.

In recent weeks, Illinois Public Media reporters have covered the issues, interviewed the candidates and explained what's at stake in many area elections. On election day, here's your guide to what's on some of the ballots. 


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