The front window of That's Rentertainment in Champaign, in the local businesses' final weeks.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

News Local/State - August 14, 2015

Champaign’s ‘Renter’ Closing Its Doors

For employees and regular customers, the closure of That's Rentertainment means the loss of a social outlet, and something that can't be recreated through online streaming of material, or even a Facebook page.  Champaign-Urbana's last locally owned video store closes Sunday. 

Pens to Lens logo

Champaign-Urbana Film Society

News Local/State - August 13, 2015

Pens To Lens Gala Features Student Screenplays

Imagine being a local student and seeing a screenplay that you wrote appearing on the big screen at Champaign's Virginia Theatre.  Twenty area K-12 students will have that opportunity this Saturday at the Third Annual Pens to Lens Gala.

Phyllis Wise, the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

(Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois)

News Local/State - August 13, 2015

Phyllis Wise Out With No $400K Bonus

University of Illinois officials did not approve a $400,000 bonus for outgoing Chancellor Phyllis Wise Wednesday afternoon. The vote was unanimous to deny the money after Wise resigned abruptly last week

U of I Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Barbara Wilson

(U of I News Bureau)

News Local/State - August 12, 2015

U of I Trustees Reject Wise’s $400K Bonus; Wilson Assigned As Interim Chancellor

The UI Trustees executive committee rejected a $400,000 bonus for outgoing chancellor Phyllis Wise, along with her resignation.  She'll be reassigned as an advisor to President Timothy Killeen, who tapped Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Barbara Wilson to replace Wise as interim chancellor.

In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks in Springfield.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast. File)

News Local/State - August 11, 2015

Rauner: Reject $400K Bonus For U of I Chancellor

Rauner's Deputy Governor has written to U of I Trustees Chairman Ed McMillan.  Rauner said he has 'deep reservations' about the $400,000 bonus that Chancellor Phyllis Wise is to receive when her resignation takes effect Wednesday.

US Senator Dick Durbin addresses a large crowd at the University of Illinois Tuesday.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

News Local/State - August 11, 2015

Durbin Addresses State Budget Stalemate, Embassy In Cuba

Addressing the state budget crisis, Durbin says leaders have yet to see the political crisis that comes with a government shutdown.  Illinois' senior U.S. senator was at the U of I Tuesday, calling for more funding for scientific and biomedical research.  

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