December 01, 2014

Analyst: Gas Prices Falling Faster Than Expected

Gasoline prices will continue to fall in Illinois, thanks to the decision last week by OPEC nations to keep oil prices low; that’s the forecast from analyst Patrick DeHaan with the price-tracking website

A Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration for media.

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

December 01, 2014

Obama Wants More Police Wearing Body Cameras

President Barack Obama is proposing a three-year, $263 million spending package to boost law enforcement training and police department reform.

Undated photo of James Kilgore

(Photo courtesy of James Kilgore)

December 01, 2014

Report: U of I Kilgore Rehiring Means Loss Of Donor Funds

James KilgoreAllowing embattled professor James Kilgore to resume teaching at the University of Illinois could mean a hit to the school’s finances.

Last month, The U of I’s Board of Trustees determined that individual campus units are free to hire adjunct, part-time instructors under existing hiring practices. 

That includes Kilgore, who had been a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army in the 1970s, and had spent five years in prison for his part in a bank robbery in which someone was killed.

Kilgore’s contract had not been renewed over the summer after his past became public.

The Chicago Tribune reports that at least one major donor plans to withdraw his support if Kilgore is allowed to teach. 

Chicago businessman Richard Hill says he’ll pull about $4.5 million in donations to the Chicago campus’ bioengineering department. 

The Tribune said Hill last year pledged the largest gift in the history of the U of I's College of Engineering - $6.5 million.  He had given about $2 million so far.

In a letter to top university officials, Hill said he ‘no longer wished to be associated with the U of I' after the board’s decision. He told the paper in later e-mails that money is available if the university "does the right thing.’

Officers wear riot gear walking through a park in downtown St. Louis.

(Tom Gannam/AP)

December 01, 2014

Obama To Hold Meetings Today On Ferguson

After another day of mostly peaceful protests in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama is scheduled to meet with civil rights leaders to discuss mistrust of police in communities of color.

Current U of I President Robert Easter, incoming president Timothy Killeen, and Kileen's wife Roberta Johnson in Chicago

(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

December 01, 2014

New U of I President Might Begin Work Early

Incoming University of Illinois system president Timothy Killeen says he's negotiating to begin his new job earlier than his official July 1 start date.

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