Actor, comedian, and University of Illinois alumnus Nick Offerman announces on the U of I Facebook page that he'll be May 13 commencement speaker.
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April 25, 2017

Actor, U Of I Alumnus Offerman To Give Commencement Speech

Actor and alumnus Nick Offerman will be the commencement speaker for the University of Illinois' Urbana campus on May 13. The selection was confirmed late Tuesday afternoon with a short video of Offerman posted to the U of I's Facebook page. In the video, Offerman took on the mannerisms of Ron Swanson, the character he played on the TV show "Parks and Recreation." 


The marquee at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign.
Art Theater Co-op
April 17, 2017

Art Theater Co-op Holds Other Events In Wake Of Projection Problems

Champaign’s Art Theater Co-op is looking for other ways to entertain while its digital projection system is down. General Manager Austin McCann says troubleshooting could take a couple more days. He says a 'burst of creativity' includes plans for a Monday night airing of the 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast of "The War of The Worlds", and a Tuesday night trivia event. Concessions are open, but the events themselves are free. 


Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at a University of Illinois trustees meeting on March 15, 2017.
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April 04, 2017

Project 1000; New Central Illinois Health Clinic; In Studio: Jupiter String Quartet

On the 21st: We spoke with two students from Black United Front UIUC, a group that is urging the University of Illinois to recruit more black students and provide better resources. Plus, we learned about a new health clinic that aims to increase access to affordable medical and dental care in central Illinois, and we were joined in studio by the Jupiter String Quartet for a preview of their upcoming performance in Urbana. 


The chime tower at the University of Illinois' Altgeld Hall
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March 31, 2017

Altgeld Concerts, Tours, On Hold For Some Time

For decades, the chimes at the University of Illinois’ Altgeld Tower were open for tours and featured in daily noon hour concerts. But that’s all over for the foreseeable future until safety repairs can be made to the tower. Meanwhile, some of the volunteers who have been giving the concerts question why it’s taken administrators so long to make a decision. The Altgeld Tower bells were dedicated in 1920.


police dispatcher
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March 30, 2017

Police Dispatchers & Mental Health Awareness; Carbondale Eclipse; Jeremy McLellan Comedy

On The 21st: We learned how dispatchers in Illinois are being trained to respond to mental health crises. Plus, how is the city of Carbondale preparing to host tens of thousands for this summer’s eclipse? We also spoke with the founder of Caring Black Men of Decatur, and talked with a South Carolina comedian who does not shy away from hot-button issues.


Norman Lear
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March 17, 2017

Television Icon Lear, Actress Huppert, To Attend 19th Ebertfest

Producer Norman Lear, who rose to prominence with programs like "All in The Family", and "The Jeffersons" has been announced as a guest at the 19th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, scheduled for April 19-23 at Champaign's Virginia Theatre, accompanying the 2016 documentary "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You." Also announced Friday as a guest is actress Isabelle Huppert, accompaying the 2016 thriller "Elle" for which she received an Oscar nomination.


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