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Screenshot of security video shows two people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign
University of Illinois Campus Police
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Jewish Center Menorah Vandalized For 3rd Time

Security video at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life shows a man and a woman attacking the center's outdoor menorah late Saturday night; U of I campus police say that with the help of tips from the community, they think they've identified the two people.

A Sept. 30, 2015 file photo of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. In the background is the dome of the state Capitol.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
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Illinois State Museum Reaches Deal To Reopen

The Illinois State Museum has a deal to re-open, just days after Governor Bruce Rauner suggested that it start charging admission and look for private support. The Department of Natural Resources says lawmakers must grant the authority to charge entry fees so the museum can reopen within weeks instead of months.

Illini player D.J. Williams shields the ball from Iowa defender Nicholas Baer.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
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Illinois Falls To #5 Iowa 77-65

Peter Jok scored 23 points, and Jarrod Uthoff added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 5 Iowa past Illinois 77-65 on Sunday. Jalen Coleman-Lands led Illinois with 17 points, going 5 of 11 from 3-point range.
 

The offices of Rape, Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services in Urbana, which has been reduced operating four days a week due to the lack of a state budget.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
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Illinois Social Service Agencies Scrape By, Wait For Answers

Some Illinois social service groups say within a few months, they'll be forced to either close their doors or borrow money if the governor and legislators can't agree on a budget.  Directors of agencies like the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center and Circle of Friends Adult Day Care say they're worried for both their employees and they people they serve.

Kevin Jackson
Courtecy of the Beckman Institute
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From The Field To The Lab, Researcher Tackles Athletic Brain Injuries

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.