Yingying Zhang
University of Illinois Police
June 18, 2017

FBI Offers $10,000 Reward For Information In Zhang Disappearance

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that'll help locate Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar from China who disappeared from the University of Illinois at Urbana. And the university credit union is raising money to help members of her family who are in Champaign-Urbana during the search.


Steven Salaita
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
June 18, 2017

U of I Urbana Campus No Longer On AAUP’s Censure List

The University of Illinois’ Urbana campus has been taken off an academic censure list. Delegates to the annual meeting in Washington, DC, of the American Association of University Professors voted Saturday to take the campus off the list — recognizing that the school had addressed concerns over the Steven Salaita controversy.


Champaign County Nursing Home.
Champaign County Nursing Home
June 17, 2017

Death Of Resident At Champaign County Nursing Home Under Investigation

Champaign County Administrator Rick Snider says the county nursing home is cooperating with an investigation into the death of a resident of the home. According to the News-Gazette, the county coroner and Illinois State Police are investigating the death of a 78-year-old woman who was discovered last weekend in the courtyard and may have been outside in high temperatures for as many as three hours.


Jason Barickman
Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media
June 17, 2017

Sen. Barickman On School Funding ‘Compromise’

Earlier this week, a group of Illinois Republicans announced a series of compromise measures they said could lead to a state budget. It includes a revised school funding plan, sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman, of Bloomington.

Barickman calls his latest plan quote a huge step forward. It omits controversial language about collective bargaining, and on some areas, it duplicates the Democrats' plan, known as Senate Bill 1. But like Gov. Bruce Rauner and his education czar, Beth Purvis, Barickman still isn't happy with that plan.


Volunteers wrap gifts for the women and children of Courage Connection.
Darrell Hoemann / C-U Citizen Access
June 16, 2017

Champaign’s Courage Connection Turns To Donations To Keep Doors Open

A Champaign social service agency has turned to the community to keep it open while it waits for an end to the state budget crisis. Courage Connection works with domestic violence victims and the homeless. As part of its ongoing series on the effects of the budget situation, Illinois Public Media talked to Courage Connection’s Megan Wolf.


An artist's rendering of two black holes.
Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab
June 16, 2017

Black Holes Collide; University Layoffs; ‘A Selfish Plan To Save The World’

On the 21st: What happens when black holes collide? We get a down-to-earth explanation from Northwestern University researchers of some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe. Plus, the state budget crisis has led to more than 2,000 jobs cut at public universities, and social entrepreneur Justin Dillon shares why he thinks everyone can make a difference.


In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after meeting with legislative leaders during veto session in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/AP
June 16, 2017

Governor Rauner Calls Special Sessions To Work On Budget

Governor Bruce Rauner has called ten “special sessions” for the end of the month. He wants lawmakers to vote on the Republican budget plan unveiled Wednesday — a plan that also includes items on his political and economic wish list.


Trustee Robert Boey and NIU President Doug Baker
Jenna Dooley/WNIJ
June 16, 2017

NIU President Doug Baker Will Leave Office June 30

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker will step down on June 30, the end of the current academic year. He made the announcement at the beginning of the NIU Board of Trustees meeting, which had scheduled a closed session on its agenda to review “Presidential Employment.”


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