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Illini football coach Bill Cubit walks the sidelines during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign
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Illini Football Coach Cubit Signed To 2-Year Extension

The former Illini offensive coordinator, who took over after Tim Beckman's dismissal, will receive $1.2 million a year.  Interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk said the move "will allow Bill to make decisions regarding the program as the head coach without the interim title, and lead the Fighting Illini into Saturday's game without speculation." 

Fireman statue in West Side Park wearing one of Gretchen's scarves
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Scarves For Champaign-Urbana’s Residents - And Statues

Scarves are showing up on statues around Champaign-Urbana with a message to take one if you need it. It’s the work of Gretchen Warner. She wanted to find a way to help people stay warm this winter, so she started crocheting. 

Protesters march during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago. Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times last year, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the c
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Writer Tells How He Broke The Laquan McDonald Story

Chicago writer Jamie Kalven focuses on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago. He heard about an attempted cover up of the details in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old wielding a knife.  Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shot Laquan McDonald, a black youth, 16 times in 14 seconds.