Illinois head coach Tim Beckman shouts at the referees during a game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium.

(AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

August 31, 2015 - News Local/State

The Changing Culture Of College Sports

Tim Beckman's firing is just the latest crisis to affect University of Illinois athletics. The university faces lawsuits and allegations of mistreatment in two other sports on the Urbana campus. Murray Sperber teaches in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program at U-C Berkley. In this encore report, he tells Illinois Public Media's Scott Cameron that going public with complaints of abuse are often a first step toward changing the culture of big time college sports..

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta reacts after throwing his first career no-hitter during the ninth inning of against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Cubs won 2-0.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

August 30, 2015 - News Local/State

Cubs’ Arrieta No-Hits LA Dodgers

Arrieta shut out the Dodgers 2-0 Sunday, his first career no-hitter and the Cubs first no-hitter since 2008, when Carlos Zambrano shut out Houston.  It was the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history. 

U of I engineering professor John Rogers.  He's also a Swanlund Chair, the highest chaired position on the U of I's Urbana campus.

(U of I News Bureau)

August 30, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Losing Honored Engineering Prof For Northwestern Position

John Rogers has been tapped to lead a $25 million biomedical engineering research center at Northwestern University, beginning in 2016.   He holds a Swanlund Chair, the highest chaired position at the university's Urbana campus.

An American tank in Carentan, France - June 1944

The United States National Archives

August 28, 2015 - Longer Listen

70 Years After World War II Ends: A Local Look Back

The 22 families who lived on Hero Street in Silvis, Ill. sent 57 of their children to fight in World War II. Some combination of those 22 fought in every theater, in every major battle, and through them, author Carlos Harrison shares a vivid portrait of the war. We dive into some of the stories and realities he uncovered, as well as talk with some of those from Silvis and the surrounding area who went to fight and who were here during the war. 

Former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman speaks during the Big Ten Football Media Day, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Chicago.

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

August 28, 2015 - News Local/State

Beckman Fired as Illini Football Coach; Cubit Named Interim Coach

U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas announced he was dismissing head football coach Tim Beckman, following preliminary results of an external review into allegations about the football program.  Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, who's been with the program since 2013, is taking over as interim head coach.


August 27, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Mumps Outbreak Tops 100 Cases

The mumps outbreak at the University of Illinois stands at over 100 cases after the first week of classes. Those with contact with the U of I are being encouraged to get an extra dose of the mumps vaccine

University of Illinois entrance marker

(Wikimedia Commons)

August 27, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Trustees Prepare To Vote On Employee Background Checks

The policy would involve all new hires at the U of I's three campuses, not just those with 'security sensitive' positions.  If approved by university trustees next month, it would take effect October 5. 

Dr. Robert Kaestner, economist with the U of I Institute of Government and Public Affairs

University of Illinois

August 27, 2015 - News Local/State

Economist: ACA Has Had Minimal Effect On Job Market

One of the arguments against passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was that it would have a negative impact on the job market.  Now that the law has taken full effect, economists Bowen Garrett and Robert Kaestner looked at what effect the ACA has had on jobs. 

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