Alicia Beck, who won a District 2 seat on Champaign City Council Tuesday.
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April 05, 2017

New City Council Member Beck Wants Champaign To Become Sanctuary City

A newcomer to the Champaign City Council hopes to see the city offer the same protections for those living in the country illegally that Urbana officials have provided. Alicia Beck topped 32-year incumbent Michael LaDue Tuesday to win the District 2 council seat, 63 to 37 percent. Beck says some of her backers want Champaign to explore the idea of becoming a sanctuary city, which Urbana reaffirmed in late 2016.


Former Illinois coach John Groce signals a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 26.
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April 05, 2017

Akron Hires Former Illinois Coach Groce

Akron has hired former Illinois coach John Groce to take over its program. Groce replaces Keith Dambrot, who surprisingly left his alma mater last week after a successful run to coach at Duquesne. Groce is familiar with the Mid-American Conference after spending four seasons at Ohio. He went 85-56 at the school and twice led the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament.


Campaign signs cover the lawn outside the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana.
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April 05, 2017

Municipal Election Roundup

The Champaign County village of Savoy has a new village president for the first time since 1989. That's one of many area races decided in Tuesday's Illinois municipal election.


Diane Marlin celebrates her victory with supporters at Pizza M in Urbana.
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April 04, 2017

Marlin Wins Urbana Mayor’s Race

Democratic Alderwoman Diane Marlin will be Urbana’s next mayor after netting more than 42-hundred votes Tuesday. Republican opponent Rex Bradfield finished with 680. Marlin will be sworn into office on May 1.


Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at a University of Illinois trustees meeting on March 15, 2017.
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April 04, 2017

Project 1000; New Central Illinois Health Clinic; In Studio: Jupiter String Quartet

On the 21st: We spoke with two students from Black United Front UIUC, a group that is urging the University of Illinois to recruit more black students and provide better resources. Plus, we learned about a new health clinic that aims to increase access to affordable medical and dental care in central Illinois, and we were joined in studio by the Jupiter String Quartet for a preview of their upcoming performance in Urbana. 


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