Fireman statue in West Side Park wearing one of Gretchen's scarves

Amanda Honigfort/WILL

November 27, 2015 - News Local/State

Scarves For Champaign-Urbana’s Residents - And Statues

Scarves are showing up on statues around Champaign-Urbana with a message to take one if you need it. It’s the work of Gretchen Warner. She wanted to find a way to help people stay warm this winter, so she started crocheting. 

Entrance to the University of Illinois Urbana campus

Wikimedia Commons

November 27, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Increased In-State Enrollment With Slight Drop In Test Scores

David Mercer with the Associated Press reported this week that University of Illinois officials made a concerted effort to increase in-state enrollment by increasing financial aid, and accepting slightly lower test scores.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline talked with Mercer about his story.

Protesters march during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago.

Paul Beaty/AP

November 25, 2015 - News Local/State

Writer Tells How He Broke The Laquan McDonald Story

Chicago writer Jamie Kalven focuses on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago. He heard about an attempted cover-up of the details in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old wielding a knife.  Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shot Laquan McDonald, a black youth, 16 times in 14 seconds.

A drawing by a small boy depicting his family's homelessness.

Valerie Everett

November 25, 2015 - News Local/State

Illinois Issues: No Place To Call Home

An estimated 13,054 Chicago families experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 

Mats Selen sitting in his office on the University of Illinois Urbana campus

Elizabeth Innes/University of Illinois

November 23, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Physics Professor Named ‘Professor Of The Year’

A University of Illinois physics professor credits his department and the university for his recent Professor of the Year award.  Mats Selen received the honor from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on November 19.

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