Marianne Dickerson at the University of Illinois.

U of I Division of Intercollegiate Athletics

December 22, 2015

Village Of St. Joseph Honoring Track Star And Local Native Dickerson

Tuesday night, St. Joseph Mayor B. J. Hackler will sign a proclamation naming a portion of Main Street 'Marianne Dickerson Memorial Run.'  The local native, who passed away in October, set records at the U of I and won a silver medal at the first marathon world championship for women in 1983.  

U of I students Ahsan Ali, Bana Zayyad and Mudassir Ali serve on the executive board of the Muslim Students Association on the Urbana campus.

Senait Gebregiorgis/Illinois Public Media

December 22, 2015

Muslim Students Confront Stereotypes

After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, many Muslims in the United States find themselves confronting stereotypes about their culture and religion. That includes Muslim students at the University of Illinois. 

A screen grab from the Star Wars movie.

Walt Disney Studios

December 21, 2015

‘Star Wars’ Awakens A New Generation

University of Illinois students and Roger Ebert Fellows Ashish Valentine, Riane Lenzner-White and Shalayne Pulia reviewed the opening-night screening of The Force Awakens and convened in the studios of Chicago Public Radio to discuss what the Star Wars phenomenon meant (or didn’t mean) to them, going into the film.

Graphic of bag full of "Retirement" cash.


December 21, 2015

Illinois Considers Taxing Retirement Income

Illinois’ top leaders have put off discussing how to resolve the state’s budget impasse until January. But given the state's growing deficit, they'll eventually confront the problem, including the need to find new revenue sources for state government.  The leading group for retirees is on the offensive over one particular tax break.

Community Elements CEO Shelia Ferguson discusses her agency's merger with Rockford-based Rosecrance.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

December 18, 2015

Community Elements To Merge With Northern Illinois Behavioral Health Agency

Rockford-based Rosecrance, which started in 1916, is in the process of merging with Community Elements in Champaign as a way for providing greater behavioral health coverage for Champaign County.  The agreement is expected to become formal on July 1, 2016. 

Muslim youth lead the pledge of allegiance and national anthem at the interfaith prayer vigil in Springfield

Rachel Otwell/WUIS

December 18, 2015

On Combating Islamophobia In Illinois

Muslims in Illinois are coping with increased scrutiny and incendiary rhetoric. Rachel Otwell takes you inside a mosque in Springfield for a prayer vigil in memory of terrorism victims, and introduces you to a business owner in Champaign-Urbana.

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