Tom Barnes once served as the mayor of Gary, Indiana. He says Gary did more for Donald Trump than his casino did for the city.

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News Local/State - April 30, 2016

Former Gary Mayor Remembers When Trump Came To Town

Earlier this week, Trump received the endorsement of former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight -- one of the state’s most famous Hoosiers. But, Trump lost out on another prominent endorsement Friday when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he’s throwing his support behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz. 

News Local/State - April 29, 2016

Noose, Swastikas Reported On U Of I Campus

Police at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus are investigating the appearance of three large swastikas in campus buildings while administrators say an employee has been fired over an apparently unrelated noose left on a table in a work area. 

Juan Felipe Herrera

Photo by Carlos Puma/UC Riverside

The 21st Show - April 29, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate, & A Beautiful Planet In IMAX

On the 21st: We spoke with Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate of the United States. Plus, scientists from an Illinois supercomputing facility told us about their role in a new 3D space documentary.

Chicago State University's graduation ceremony.

Chicago State University via Facebook

News Local/State - April 29, 2016

Chicago State’s Class Of 2016 Looks Back On Bumpy Year

Thursday's graduation ceremony at Chicago State University was less of a solemn ceremony, and more of a political rally, for students capping off a very political year at a campus hard hit by Illinois' budget impasse.

Mike Lindemann and Jan Seeley at the Illinois Marathon office in Urbana

Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - April 29, 2016

Behind The Scenes With The Illinois Marathon Co-Directors

The annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon gets underway Friday night with the 5k run and walk, and features several events on Saturday, including a 10k, half marathon, and full marathon.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spent some time with race co-directors Jan Seeley and Mike Lindemann to get a sense of what their days are like leading up to the event.

News Local/State - April 28, 2016

MAP Grant Funds Not Distributed Equally

Following the signing this week of an emergency funding bill for higher education in Illinois, money for the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants, has been released. But while students attending colleges on the semester system will receive about half the money they were expecting, those on the quarter system will get just one-third.

24 year old Ashley Chemere Gibson of Champaign.

Champaign Police Department

News Local/State - April 28, 2016

Six Charged In Connection With Death Of Ashley Gibson

Champaign police say six men have been charged with one felony count each of dismembering a human body. Gibson's family said Wednesday they knew who was responsible. 

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