Casting process at Alloy Engineering & Casting, Champaign.

WIRCO

News Local/State - May 21, 2016

Alloy Foundry In Champaign Damaged By Fire

Champaign fire officials said fire crews would remain at the Alloy Engineering and Casting foundry on the city’s west side on Saturday, to put out any spot fires, following the three-alarm blaze that burned there for more than five hours overnight.  Later Saturday, officials there were eager to begin assessing the damage, and to see what it would take to get the site up and going again.

U of I History Professor Adrian Burgos with National Baseball Hall of Fame Curator John Odell

Kaitlin Southworth, Producer, Big Ten Network

News Local/State - May 20, 2016

Documentary Profiles Latinos’ Role In Shaping Baseball History

U of I history professor Adrian Burgos learned through his family, and his love for baseball, that Latin players played a large role in the game since its early days. Burgos' research is the focus of "Playing America's Game", which includes interviews with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, and current Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. The program premieres Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. 

Karam Foundation

The 21st Show - May 20, 2016

Syrian Refugees; Voter Registration; Overtime Pay; Latinos in Baseball

On The 21st: What's it like for Syrian refugees resettling in Illinois? Plus, the Obama administration announced a plan to provide millions of Americans with overtime pay - what does that mean for employers in Illinois? And a new documentary presents the history of Latinos in baseball.

Student trustees received certificates at the final U of I board meeting of 2015-16.

Shannon O'Brien/University of Illinois at Springfield

News Local/State - May 20, 2016

UI ‘Strategic Framework’ Amended To Include Language On Race

University of Illinois officials are being encouraged to think about race in a new way. That’s thanks to a change in the university’s strategic plan proposed by a student member of the U of I Board of Trustees.  On Thursday, Chicago campus Trustee Jauwan Hall suggested they replace the concept of encouraging “diversity” with encouraging "normalization."

Champaign Central High School

Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - May 20, 2016

Tier Two Committee Shelves Interstate Drive Site, Focuses On Central Campus

An advisory committee of community members looking at the Champaign Unit Four school district’s facilities plans reviewed cost estimates for four options for Champaign Central High School Thursday night --- and then took one of those options off the table.

Will Leitch appearing in a video for Bloomberg

Will Leitch

News Local/State - May 20, 2016

U Of I Alum Leitch Wants New Mascot

The University of Illinois Urbana campus is exploring the idea of a mascot for its athletic teams nearly a decade after retiring Chief Illiniwek as the campus symbol.  Alumnus Will Leitch, a writer for Bloomberg and several other publications, explains why he's in favor of this idea in an interview with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.

Illinois' Jaylon Tate brings the ball down the court during the first half of a game against Missouri Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in St. Louis.

Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

News Local/State - May 19, 2016

Prosecutor: Case Against Illinois’ Tate Dropped

Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate after concluding there was not enough evidence to convict him.  Tate, a 21-year-old junior, was was suspended from the team after his arrest.  UPDATE: He was reinstated to the team by Athletic Director Josh Whitman Friday

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