Will Leitch appearing in a video for Bloomberg
Will Leitch
May 20, 2016

U Of I Alum Leitch Wants New Mascot

The University of Illinois Urbana campus is exploring the idea of a mascot for its athletic teams nearly a decade after retiring Chief Illiniwek as the campus symbol.  Alumnus Will Leitch, a writer for Bloomberg and several other publications, explains why he's in favor of this idea in an interview with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.


Illinois' Jaylon Tate brings the ball down the court during the first half of a game against Missouri Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in St. Louis.
Jeff Roberson/Associated Press
May 19, 2016

Prosecutor: Case Against Illinois’ Tate Dropped

Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate after concluding there was not enough evidence to convict him.  Tate, a 21-year-old junior, was was suspended from the team after his arrest.  UPDATE: He was reinstated to the team by Athletic Director Josh Whitman Friday


Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
May 19, 2016

Academy High Makes Its Case To Parents

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 150 people attended a meeting at the I-Hotel in Champaign to learn more about a possible new private high school.  Organizers say that Academy High would hold classes in the University of Illinois Research Park starting with the 2017-18 school year.


Union supporters rally against Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies, in front of the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. The march is organized by a coalition of
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
May 18, 2016

Thousands Protest Rauner’s Call To Change Labor Laws

On Wednesday, about 8,000 union supporters rallied at the Illinois Capitol to protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies. A coalition of labor groups marched by the governor's
mansion on their way to the Capitol.  Both Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton took the stage.


Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) and Malcolm Hill (21) walk off the court after the team's 69-60 loss to Wisconsin basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Madison, Wis.
Andy Manis/Assocated Press
May 18, 2016

Illinois’ Nunn Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor, Gets Probation

Illinois basketball junior guard Kendrick Nunn pleaded guilty to a mismeanor charge of battery, and could eventually see his record cleared. He was sentenced to 18 months unsupervised probation and 100 hours of community service.


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