State Representative Carol Ammons of Urbana
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
March 13, 2017

Ammons, Bennett Talk Budget At Town Hall Meeting

More than 100 people filled the Carpenters' Local 243 Hall in Champaign to get an update on the budget impasse, and ask questions of State Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) and State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).


Champaign Centennial High School
Champaign Unit 4 Schools
March 13, 2017

Investigation Into Centennial Student’s Death Continues

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning for 15-year-old Luke Miller, the Centennial High School student who died Saturday, after apparently being attacked by fellow students the day before.


John Groce takes questions from the media at Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Steve Morck/Illinois Public Media
March 11, 2017

Illinois Fires Head Basketball Coach Groce

John Groce has been fired as head coach of the Illini basketball team, effective immediately.  "Under his leadership, regrettably, we were not able to sustain the level of competitive excellence that we expect at the University of Illinois," said Athletic Director Josh Whitman.


House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capit
Susan Walsh/AP
March 11, 2017

Congressional Healthcare Bill Response Tracker

The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people. It would no longer require that Americans buy health insurance, for instance, and it would eliminate current subsidies, replacing them with a fixed refundable tax credit.


Carter Staley / WUIS
March 11, 2017

Numbers Slide In Illinois Public Colleges

Enrollment in Illinois’ public universities and community colleges continues to decline. That’s according to figures released by the state Board of Higher Education.


U.S. Senator Dick Durbin meets with Dr. Bill Gorski on March 10, 2017
Jenna Dooley/WNIJ
March 10, 2017

Durbin Meets With Rockford-Area Healthcare Leaders About Repeal Plan

Healthcare leaders are voicing concerns about the Republican repeal plan to the Affordable Care Act. Democrat Dick Durbin is traveling the state to meet with those who would be affected by the House changes. A panel of Rockford-area healthcare leaders met with Illinois’ senior Senator on Friday.


The University of Illinois Black Chorus in rehearsal.
University of Illinois Black Chrous
March 10, 2017

Black Sacred Music Symposium Remembers Summerville

A symposium on Black Sacred Music this weekend at the University has attracted participants from across Illinois and Michigan, plus guest musicians and the university’s own Black Chorus. But for the first time, local choral director Willie T. Summerville will not be attending.

Summerville died at his home in Champaign, at the age of 72. 


Curtis Lovelace looks over at the prosecutors during his first-degree murder trial Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Sangamon County Courthouse in Springfield.
Phil Carlson/The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP
March 10, 2017

Ex-prosecutor, U Of I Football Player, Not Guilty In Wife’s Death

A former assistant state's attorney and University of Illinois football captain Curtis Lovelace has been acquitted in his second murder trial for the Valentine's Day 2006 death of his first wife.  The jury delivered its verdict a little over two hours after closing arguments. Lovelace and members of his family burst into tears after the verdict was read.


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