Ben Johnston
Courtesty of the artist.
January 03, 2017

Former U of I Prof. Ben Johnston Hears The Notes Between The Notes

Ben Johnston doesn't follow the rules of music. Sure, the retired University of Illinois music professor has degrees from two colleges and a conservatory. But from an early age, Johnston heard music differently. When he was growing up in Georgia, he questioned the standard scales he was taught in school. "I played by ear and I invented my own chords," he says.


Illinois House chambers.
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January 03, 2017

Illinois Issues: New Laws In 2017

The state still doesn’t have a budget. A stopgap spending plan, which was approved over the summer, will end on January 1, leaving social service agencies, institutions of higher education and others in the lurch. But, in the past year, legislators did approve hundreds of pieces of legislation, which the governor signed. Nearly 200 laws will go into effect at the start of the new year — close to the number that went into effect at the start of each of the past three years.


Illini Leron Black and Buckeye Jaquan Lyle.
Rob McColley / Illinois Public Media
January 02, 2017

Illini Men Bounce Back With Win Over Ohio State

Illinois is 1-1 in the Big Ten after a 75-70 win over Ohio State at State Farm Center in Champaign.  The Illini lost a 15-point lead before recovering to get the win on New Year's Day.


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