Congressman Aaron Schock visits with WIU agricultural professor Win Phippen.

(Emily Boyer/WIUM)

News Local/State - March 16, 2015

Donors Had Role In Schock’s 2014 Property Deal

Records show that a shell company linked to GOP Congressman Aaron Schock paid a political donor $300,000 last year for a commercial property in Peoria, then took out a $600,000 mortgage for the property from a local bank run by other donors.

Gov. Bruce Rauner visits with employees of Combe Laboratories in Rantoul on March 11.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

News Local/State - March 16, 2015

Gov. Rauner To Pursue Pension Plan Regardless Of High Court Ruling

Rauner says his proposal- to place current state workers into a lesser plan going forward or giving them the option of taking a payout, then converting to a defined contribution plan - is better whatever Illinois' Supreme Court decides.

Anita Hill is interviewed at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

News Local/State - March 16, 2015

Anita Hill Cancels U of I Appearance Over Salaita Lawsuit

Hill was to have given the keynote address at the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy conference next month at the Urbana campus. She was also scheduled to give a lecture.

Illini Malcolm Hill drives against Michigan's Zak Irvin in Ilinois 73-55 loss Thursday.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

News Local/State - March 16, 2015

Illini & ISU Redbirds Head to NIT

The Fighting Illini begin play in the NIT Tuesday evening, with a game against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, while the ISU Redbirds hosts Wisconsin-Green Bay Wednesday evening in NIT play.

Image of Lil Bub the cat.

(Wikipedia Commons)

News Local/State - March 15, 2015

Silly News About Cats Predates “Grumpy Cat” Era

In an interview with Rachel Otwell, University of Illinois journalism professor Matt Ehrlich says the media was publishing silly items about cats long before the Internet, although they weren't always so favorably disposed towards the animals.

Martin Burke (center) with his Chemistry Group.

(L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois)

News Local/State - March 13, 2015

U of I Chemist Creates ‘3D Printer For Small Molecules’

Chemistry professor and medical doctor Martin Burke's machine aims to do for chemistry what 3-D printing has done for engineering.  His team has built a machine for assembling small molecules.

Bryan Lewis, the new director of the State Universities Retirement System, as of April 6.

(SURS)

News Local/State - March 13, 2015

SURS Names New Executive Director

Bryan Lewis, who currently works in North Carolina's retirement systems, starts April 6, taking over the retiring William Mabe.  SURS has about 227,000 members.

A woman walks on the U of I campus in Urbana in a February 19th photo.

(AP Photo/David Mercer)

News Local/State - March 13, 2015

University Presidents Wary Of Rauner Budget Cuts

The heads of EIU, SIU, and WIU warned a House panel of what Gov. Rauner's suggested 31-percent cut in state support would mean to their schools.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Leslie Munger in Maryville, Ill. in January.

Camille Phillips/KWMU

News Local/State - March 12, 2015

Comptroller Munger Not Immune To Disagreeing With Gov. Rauner

Illinois' new comptroller was hand-picked by Gov. Bruce Rauner, who made the appointment with the intention of keeping a Republican in that office for as long as possible. But Comptroller Leslie Munger hasn't been the doormat some Capitol-watchers had expected her to be.

Peoria native Max Bielfeldt lays the ball in for Michigan during the Illini's 73-55 loss.

(Rob McColley)

News Local/State - March 12, 2015

Illini Fall To Michigan in Big Ten Opener, 73-55

In what may have been Illinois' worst game of the season, they managed to shoot only 37.3 percent.  Malcolm Hill led the team with 13 points.  The Illini now await word of a possible NIT bid on Sunday.

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