RIPE Project Associate Director Don Ort discusses field trials.
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
July 14, 2017

RIPE Project Shows Off Progress In Photosynthesis Research

Researchers with the University of Illinois’ crop research project, Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency -- or RIPE for short -- invited the media and the public to a field day Thursday. Don Ort is the associate director of the RIPE project and a crop science professor at the U of I. He gave Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline an overview of the project.

UIC Student Center West in Chicago.
University of Illinois
July 13, 2017

State Budget Still Leaves Challenges For U Of I Trustees

University of Illinois trustees were told at their meeting in Chicago that the new state budget has funding for the new fiscal year and the fiscal year just concluded, but not enough to make up for all the losses that the university suffered during the two-year-long budget stalemate

Governor Bruce Rauner taking questions from the media.
NPR Illinois
July 13, 2017

Rauner Sending A Message With Staff Shakeup

The Governor failed to get a lot of what he wanted in the recent legislative session.   Now, there's fallout in the top ranks of Bruce Rauner's administration.  

Brendt Christensen
Macon County Jail
July 12, 2017

Grand Jury Indicts Christensen For Yingying Zhang Kidnapping

The U.S. Justice Department says a federal grand jury has indicted Brendt Christensen of Champaign with the kidnapping of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang from the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus.

Alfredo Mejia works with speech language pathologist Brandi Sidor.
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago
July 12, 2017

Crain’s: Medicaid Managed Care Plans Struggling To Find Enrollees

A lot of discussion around the topic of health care is centered around the idea: How can we reduce costs while improving care? That’s the driving force behind an effort launched in Illinois to overhaul the way Medicaid operates. That’s the federal-state health insurance program for low-income residents, children, and people with disabilities.

FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray meets with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 29, 2017.
Andrew Harnik/AP
July 12, 2017

WATCH: Senate Confirmation Hearing Of New FBI Director

Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee for FBI Director, faces the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for his confirmation hearing. Wray would replace James Comey, whom Trump fired in May. The live video stream will begin at 8:30am CT.

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