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.


A Jimmy John's location on University Avenue in Urbana.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 08, 2016

Jimmy John’s Sells Majority Stake To Equity Firm

The Champaign-based sandwich chain has announced it's sold a majority stake in the company to Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group. There will be no changes to management, as founder Jimmy John Liataud will continue to remain as chairman of the company's board and the largest individual shareholder. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 


Champaign Centennial High School, where the District's teachers union approved a strike authorization vote Wednesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 07, 2016

‘Overwhelming Majority’ of Champaign Teachers Approve Strike Authorization Vote

Champaign Federation of Teachers President Jennifer White says a large crowd turned out at Centennial High School's auditorium Wednesday to approve a strike authorization vote. The soonest a strike could happen is mid-to-late October, but White says the union remains optimistic heading into its ninth bargaining session with Unit 4 adminstrators on September 20.


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