Joe Petry

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

April 18, 2019 - News Local/State

U Of I Professor Under Investigation, Placed On Leave

Joe Petry, a clinical professor of economics who once ran for mayor of Champaign, has been placed on administrative leave by the University of Illinois, pending results of an investigation.


Relief sculpture of William W. Grainger.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

April 18, 2019 - News Local/State

Engineering School To Be 2nd U Of I College Named For Benefactor

The University of Illinois College of Engineering is on track to be renamed the Grainger College of Engineering next month, as it receives a $100 million gift from the Grainger Foundation.  The university’s board of trustees is expected to vote on the name change at its May 16 meeting in Springfield.


Supporters of legislation supporting transgender students in Illinois, demonstrating in 2017.

ACLU of Illinois via NPRIllinois

April 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Supporters Of Trans Students Say Suit’s Dismissal Sets Precedent

A parents’ group from the Chicago suburbs dropped its lawsuit that attempted to ban transgender students from using school restrooms and locker rooms associated with their gender identity, a move that supporters of transgender students say helps affirm the rights of  students across Illinois.   


Four young people sitting down in a conference room to talk about their experience as homeless unaccompanied youth.

Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

April 10, 2019 - News Local/State

Schools Can Help Homeless Kids — But Only If They Find Them

Melissa Esparza is one of about 700,000 teens — or one in 30 high schoolers aged 13 to 17 — who experience unaccompanied homelessness in a given year, according to data from Chapin Hall, a policy and research center based at the University of Chicago. The center also estimates that one in 30 kids between 13 and 17 experience unaccompanied homelessness — meaning they lack both a stable residence and a parent or guardian.


The first-ever image of a black hole was released Wednesday by a consortium of researchers.

Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al

April 10, 2019 - News Local/State

Watch: Earth Gets Its First Look At A Black Hole, U Of I Researchers Contribute

The world is seeing the first-ever image of a black hole Wednesday, as an international team of researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope project released their look at the massive black hole at the center of galaxy Messier 87 (M87).


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