University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen at Wednesday's Town Hall meeting

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - November 19, 2015

Race, Affordability Among Themes In UI Town Hall

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen spent nearly two hours gathering input in the second of three town hall meetings for a university-wide strategic plan, hearing comments on areas ranging from race to college affordability.  He calls it a 'pivotal' time for the school, calling for a 'resolutely student-centered approach' in areas like research and civil engagement. 

Students gathered on the U of I campus in solidarity with black students at the University of Missouri.

Tiffany Jolley/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - November 19, 2015

U Of I Students Gather In Solidarity With Mizzou

Organizers say they aren’t making demands of the school. Rather, they wanted black students to come together and realize their own strength on the U of I campus.

Solar panels at the new University of Illinois Solar Farm.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - November 18, 2015

New Solar Farm Delivers Sun’s Energy To U Of I Campus

The new solar farm is the first solar power installation in east central Illinois large enough to be considered "utility grade", generating enough electricity to power 700 average American homes.

John Shimkus, during an interview with WILL in 2013.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - November 17, 2015

Illinois Republicans In Congress Back Closing Borders To Syrian Refugees

​Republicans in Illinois' Congressional delegation are on board with Governor Bruce Rauner's move to temporarily close the state's borders to Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The state's eight Republican House members are also condemning President Obama's plan to let in 10,000 refugees from that country this year.

Champaign Unit 4 schools logo

Champaign Unit 4 schools

News Local/State - November 17, 2015

Committee To Study Future Of Champaign High Schools

After two failed referendums to relocate Central High School, Champaign Unit 4 Board President Chris Kloeppel says a 2-tiered committee will be formed over the next couple of months to research if a two or three high school model is best.

Raymond Poe of Springfield

News Local/State - November 17, 2015

Raymond Poe Named State Ag Director

Rauner's first pick for ag director was a farmer. But Philip Nelson, who came to the job after serving as the president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, resigned in late September, less than a year into the job.

The new water tower in Gifford, which is expected to operational in a few weeks.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - November 17, 2015

Gifford: Two Years Later

There are no big ceremonies Tuesday to mark the two-year mark of the EF-4 tornado that tore through the tiny Champaign County village of Gifford, destroying or damaging 70 homes.  "We did not want to always dwell on the destruction of what had happened that day," said Christina Gann, who was a large part of relief efforts in 2013 and 2014.

News Local/State - November 15, 2015

Madigan Can’t Attend Budget Summit, Rauner Postpones It

After House Speaker Michael Madigan announced he would be forced to miss Wednesday's meeting with Gov. Rauner and other legislative leaders, Governor Bruce Rauner moved the meeting to December 1st. 

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