Illinois guard Jaylon Tate, left, fights for a loose ball with Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl during the second half of Saturday's Illini win in Iowa City, Iowa.
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February 18, 2017

Hill’s 21, Lucas Block Help Illini Hold Off Iowa 70-66

Malcolm Hill scored 21 points and hauled down eight rebounds and Illinois held on for a 70-66 win over Iowa on Saturday. The Illini took the lead in the final minutes on a Hill layup and fended off several Iowa chances late to win their second true road game of the season. 


A Champaign Police car
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February 17, 2017

Champaign Council To Vote On Final Settlement Involving Rush

The Champaign City Council Tuesday will be asked to approve the last lawsuit settlement involving former city police officer Matt Rush – who the city permanently terminated a month ago Friday. Three previous excessive force lawsuit settlements involving Rush totaled $320,000. The last, for $250,000, involves a lawsuit filed by Precious Jackson against Rush and two other officers – regarding her arrest in May 2014.  


Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the Senate to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
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February 17, 2017

Scott Pruitt Confirmed To Lead Environmental Protection Agency

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate approved Pruitt on a 52-46 vote on Friday afternoon, with two Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — voting for his nomination. Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted no.


In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013, former House Minority Leader Bob Michel speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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February 17, 2017

Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel Dies at 93

The longest-serving US House minority leader has died. Peoria native and former House Republican Leader Bob Michel died at an Arlington, Virginia Hospital of pneumonia Friday. He was 93. The Illinois lawmaker was first elected in 1956 and spent 38 years in Congress. His skill at seeking compromise with the Democrats was critical in helping Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush pursue their agendas during their presidential terms.


President Trump addressed a variety of topics Thursday during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new labor secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C.
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February 16, 2017

Trump’s Thursday News Conference, Annotated

President Trump began his press conference Thursday afternoon naming his new nominee for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta. He also announced his decision to issue a new executive action while his travel ban is held up in court. Journalists across NPR have annotated his remarks.


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