Lucien (left) and Germaine Rigault lean out of their home in La Cambe, a tiny village in Normandy a short distance from Omaha Beach. The couple, in their 80s, were in La Cambe during the Allied landing on June 6, 1944, and live there still. "We
(Eleanor Beardsley/NPR)
June 06, 2014

70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans

Germaine and Lucien Rigault, 86 and 89 years old, respectively, lean out their first-floor window, watching people go by. They were here in the tiny French hamlet of La Cambe on June 6, 1944, the day the Allies invaded Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi control during World War II.


Chester Nez, one of 29 Navajo Code Talkers whose language skills thwarted the Japanese military in World War II, is shown in a November 2009 photo. Nez died on Wednesday.
(Felicia Fonseca/AP)
June 05, 2014

Last Of The Navajo ‘Code Talkers’ Dies At 93

The last of the Navajo "Code Talkers" who used their native language as the basis of a cipher that confounded the Japanese military during World War II has died at age 93.


A young woman is caught between civilians and Chinese soldiers, who were trying to remove her from an assembly near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 3, 1989. Pro-democracy protesters had been occupying Tiananmen Square for weeks.
(Jeff Widener/AP)
June 04, 2014

Tiananmen Square Diary

Ron Yates is Professor Emeritus and the former Dean of the College of Media at the University of Illinois. He was reporting from Tiananmen Square in 1989 as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.


Alma Mater
(David Mercer/AP)
June 03, 2014

University Of Illinois Plans A Party For The Alma Mater

The Alma Mater statue beloved by University of Illinois students and graduates has been back on campus almost two months but the university plans to officially mark her return and her 85th birthday with a party Friday morning.


May 27, 2014

Madigan Denies Friends Drive Lincoln Library Plan

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has denied that personal friendships are driving his proposal to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a separate state agency.


Pictured in this 1954 handout photo is Louis Redding, center, on the steps of the Supreme Court Building, in Washington, D.C., with other NAACP attorneys who argued the school segregation case, Brown vs. Board of Education, From left are, Special Cou
(AP Photo/Courtesy of the NAACP)
May 19, 2014

WILL Archive: Thurgood Marshall Discusses School Integration

This month marks the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawed “separate but equal” in public schools. Thurgood Marshall, who would later be appointed to the high court, argued the case. Two years after the ruling -- in 1956 -- Marshall visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to talk about his work to end segregation and the challenges ahead. Marshall said despite efforts by detractors of integration, black and white students were meant to go to school under one roof.


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