With the Super Bowl on Sunday, all eyes are on football. The sport also happens to be Kevin Jackson’s area of scientific expertise. He came to the University of Illinois to play football while pursuing a career in science, and now he’s developing a cooling helmet that may help with athletes’ head injuries. Through his research with the University’s Beckman Institute and the Athletics Department, Jackson wants to reduce the side effects of concussions and other brain injuries for athletes.
The murder trial of Curtis Lovelace, accused of suffocating his first wife, Cory, has resulted in a hung jury. The retrial for the former Adams County assistant state's attorney has been set for May 31.
Like the fault lines they stem from, earthquakes are often little thought of until they actually happen. But Tim Larson, a senior geophysicist at the Illinois State Geological Survey, is bringing them back to mind with his presentation - “Earthquakes: Fact and Fiction” at Parkland's Staerkel Planetarium tonight.
The city issued a press release Thursday stating that Brad Sweeney, who's been chief since January 2015, has been fired, but City Manager Tim Gleason said he wouldn't provide further comment because this is a personnel matter. Deputy Chief James Getz was named interim police chief.
The annual Pens to Lens screenwriting competition is accepting entries from area K-12 students from now through February 29. Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with two members of the C-U Film Society board, AJ Christensen and WILL-TV's Tim Meyers about this year's event.