Illini player D.J. Williams shields the ball from Iowa defender Nicholas Baer.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
January 13, 2017

DJ Williams Returns To Illini Men’s Basketball Team

John Groce announced today that Illini sophomore forward DJ Williams has returned to practice, and will be ready to play against Maryland Saturday evening. Williams was absent from Wednesday's game against Michigan, prompting speculation on social media that he may have left the team with the intention of transferring.


Macro photography of a natural snowflake.
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January 13, 2017

Downstate Illinois Threatened By Winter Storm

Parts of downstate Illinois are under a Winter Storm Watch, a Freezing Rain Advisory and an Ice Storm Warning, as a winter storm moves into the southern Plains.


Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing says losing Carle hospital and clinics from tax rolls has shifted the burden onto other taxpayers.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
January 12, 2017

Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Hospital Tax Status

The Illinois Supreme Court considered a case Thursday that asks whether not-for-profit hospitals have to pay property taxes. The case involves Urbana-based Carle hospital and clinics — though it could affect health systems across Illinois. At issue is the constitutionality of a state law that exempts not-for-profit hospitals from paying property tax.


Urbana resident Bryton Mellott (middle) addresses the media, along with ACLU of Illinois attorney Rebecca Glenberg and spokesperson Ed Yohnka.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 12, 2017

Urbana Man Arrested In 2016 Flag-Burning Incident Files Lawsuit

Bryton Mellott, who was arrested last July for burning an American flag and posting pictures of it on Facebook, has filed a federal lawsuit against four Urbana police officers. He wants to see Illinois' flag descreation law officially declared unconstitutional. The 22-year old Urbana resident says he burned the flag in response to the current political climate, and mass shootings, including the incident that claimed 49 lives at a gay nightclub in Orlando last summer.


Champaign Police Lt. of Investigations David Shaffer announces the arrests of suspects in the murders of Hakim Vineyard and Robert Lee Brown.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
January 12, 2017

Suspects Arrested In Two C-U Homicides

Two men, each of them suspects in a separate murder case in Champaign-Urbana, were found and arrested at an apartment in Urbana Wednesday. The suspects were wanted in connection with the deaths of Rakim Vineyard in Champaign and Robert Lee Brown in Urbana.


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