The Hallene Gateway on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.

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News Local/State - July 21, 2017

Rauner Appoints Stuart King To U Of I Board Of Trustees

Governor Bruce Rauner announced this morning that he has appointed Stuart King to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. King has received three degrees from the University of Illinois, and is a practicing physician at Christie Clinic in Champaign.

Anthony Bruno

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - July 20, 2017

Christensen Pleads Not Guilty To Yingying Zhang Kidnapping; Jury Trial Set For Sept. 12

In a hearing lasting less than five minutes, Brendt Christensen entered a “not guilty” plea Thursday in a federal courtroom in Urbana to the charge of kidnapping Yingying Zhang.

Prosecutors accuse Christensen, a recent University of Illinois graduate student, of abducting Zhang, a U of I visiting scholar from China, from a campus bus stop on June 9th.

Governor Bruce Rauner signs 'Charlie's Law' at a home in Lombard on Tuesday as lawmakers from both parties look on.

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News Local/State - July 19, 2017

Rare Bipartisan Agreement on ‘Charlie’s Law’

State government came to the living room of a home on a tree lined street in Lombard Tuesday morning. It was a rare scene -- lawmakers from both sides of the aisle crowded around a kitchen table as Governor Bruce Rauner signed "Charlie's Law."

A jar full of change.

Carter Staley/NPR Illinois

News Local/State - July 19, 2017

State Budget Boosts MAP

The new state budget will fund Illinois colleges and universities at the level of funding they received in 2015 — minus 10 percent. But there’s one area of higher education that got a boost.  

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