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IHSA Hopes New Basketball Finals Format Will Boost Attendance

The Illinois high school basketball finals are where the term March Madness was coined.

The NCAA basketball tournament, where the phrase is most often used now, has been hurting attendance at the prep finals in recent years. So, the Illinois High School Association is making the girls and boys state tournaments one weekend each in early March.

Visiting scholar Yingying Zhang of China came to the U of I Urbana campus in April, and has been missing since June 9.

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Zhang’s Estate Sues U Of I Counselors, Christensen

The estate of missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang is suing two University of Illinois counselors who treated her accused killer for wrongful death and negligence.

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Pritzker Reinstates Minimum Teaching Hours

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker is starting to act on the flurry of bills sent to his desk in the wake of this year’s spring legislative session. Among the first that he’s signed requires schools to provide a minimum of five hours of learning time.

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The 21st Show

Danville Prison Removes Books; Foreign-Owned Farmland; Saving For Retirement

We'll hear the story of why 200 books were removed by staff from a prison library in Central Illinois. Plus, when we say American soil, we think that means the farms are owned by Americans, right? It turns out that about 30 million acres of farmland in the US are foreign-owned. And, saving for retirement is a challenge, that’s part of the reason one in five Americans have no retirement savings at all. We’ll hear from one Illinois economist about how to save smarter.

The Urbana City Building

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Urbana City Officials Are Trying To Remedy A Structural Deficit In Their Budget. What Is That?

For the second year in a row, Urbana's budget plan includes spending cuts meant to address a structural deficit. They'll be part of the discussion on Monday June 10 at 7 PM, when the Urbana City Council holds a public hearing on the budget proposal, followed by a discussion and vote in its Committee of the Whole meeting (a final city council vote is scheduled for June 17). But what's a structural deficit?

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Illinoisans To Pay More Tax When Shopping Online

Illinoisans are likely to have to pay more sales tax when shopping online after state lawmakers made two big changes to tax rules. State tax collections are expected to increase by $288 million this year.

University of Illinois College of Law

Legal Issues In the News

Pension Tax Reform Coming

In this week's Legal Issues in the News, Richard Kaplan from the University of Illinois College of Law takes a look at some recent action taken in Washington.

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