The now-closed Urbana Landmark Hotel
Wikimedia Commons
April 09, 2017

Prussing Hopes Council Gives Preliminary OK To Hotel Plan Revisions

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing hopes the latest changes in a proposed redevelopment contract for a downtown hotel will win over more city council members. Council members are to take a preliminary vote Monday on whether to continue talks with developer Dionis Rodriguez on renovating and reopening the Urbana Landmark Hotel. 


Head shot of Jerry Costello.
Seth Perlman/AP
April 08, 2017

Lawmakers Send State-Nurse Protection Bill To Rauner

The Illinois General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Bruce Rauner that would prohibit further privatization of health care workers in state prisons. Lawmakers sent the measure to Rauner Friday. It won House approval a day earlier 68-42.


Zeshan Bagewadi's new album combines American funk and soul with Punjabi lyrics.
Courtesy of the artist
April 08, 2017

The Second-Generation Soul Of Zeshan Bagewadi

Zeshan Bagewadi's new album, Vetted, sounds a lot like classic American funk and soul from the 1960s and '70s. The difference? He sometimes sings in Punjabi. Bagewadi was born in Chicago to parents who were Indian Muslim immigrants, and he learned about soul, funk and blues from his father's music collection.


Guest speakers and supporters at the I-CAUSE rally at the U of I Urbana campus
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 07, 2017

Campus Groups Rally In Support Of DACA Students

University of Illinois students living in the US without legal authorization talked about how their status keeps them from reaching their full potential at a campus rally Friday. I-CAUSE, or the Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students' Education, held the second annual 'Coming Out of the Shadows' event on the U of I campus quad. The group also provides training to other students and faculty on how to become advocates.


The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday.
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April 07, 2017

Senate Confirms Gorsuch To Supreme Court

Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed Friday as the 113th justice to serve on the nation's highest court. In a largely party-line vote, Gorsuch received the support of 54 senators.


President Trump
Alex Brandon/AP
April 06, 2017

U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against Syria After Chemical Attack

Updated 8:37pm: President Trump has launched airstrikes in Syria in response to deadly chemical attacks allegedly ordered by the country's president, Bashar Assad, against his own people.

"Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched," the president announced from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla, where he is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. "It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons."


Lloyd Carter, Jr.
Champaign-Urbana Courier / Urbana Free Library Archives
April 06, 2017

Former Champaign Co. Board Member Lloyd Carter Dead At 86

“I don’t like to sling mud,” a young Urbana city council member named Lloyd Carter, jr. told the Champaign-Urbana Courier in 1971. “I think we could get more done if we work together”.

Carter, one of Champaign-Urbana’s first African-American elected officials, died Wednesday at the age of 86, one year after leaving public office.


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