Illinois running back Ra'Von Bonner breaks free of Connecticut linebacker D.J. Morgan and runs in for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in East Hartford, Conn.

Jessica Hill/AP

September 08, 2019 - News Local/State

Illini End Nonconference Road Losing Streak 31-23 Over UConn

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Illinois passed its first road test on Saturday. Brandon Peters set career highs, throwing for 225 yards and four touchdowns as the Illini overcame an early 13-point deficit to beat UConn 31-23.


Sarah Whittington/Illinois Public Media

September 06, 2019 - The 21st Show

A Special Edition Of The 21st: The Ellnora Guitar Festival

The Ellnora Guitar Festival brings in artists from around the world and also from right here in central Illinois. On Friday morning, we recorded a special edition of The 21st at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center For The Performing Arts, hosted by musician, journalist and former 21st producer Sean Neumann.


Two books in a woman's hands.

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom

September 06, 2019 - News Local/State

IDOC To Implement New Policy To Prevent Arbitrary Censorship Of Books

The Illinois Department of Corrections will implement a new publication review policy in October. The change comes after staff at the Danville Correctional Center removed more than 200 books from a college-in-prison program’s library at the facility earlier this year. 

IDOC Director Rob Jeffreys said the intention of the new policy is to prevent any arbitrary acts of censorship from playing out at state prisons. 


Artist rendering of the Stapleton airport redevelopment Project in Denver.

September 06, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Issues: TIF—The Swiss-Army Knife Development Tool

Analysis: University of Illinois Springfield Distinguished Public Finance Professor Kenneth Kriz co-edited a book that documents the evolution of tax increment financing, an economic and community development method widely used across the country, including in Illinois, which has more than 1,400 TIF districts in over 500 municipalities. Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development: Uses, Structures, and Impacts was recently published by SUNY Press.


panel discussion about sexual harassment

Sally Deng, special to ProPublica

September 05, 2019 - News Local/State

Lawmakers and Students Say Professors Who Sexually Harass Should Face Stronger Consequences

State and national lawmakers, victims’ rights advocates and students called for a review of sexual harassment policies at the University of Illinois following an investigation by NPR Illinois and ProPublica that found gaps in the way sexual misconduct allegations were handled at the system’s flagship campus.


Photo courtesy of Mark Nelson

September 05, 2019 - The 21st Show

Student Claymation Film ‘Estrella: An Asylum Seeker’s Story’; Active Shooter Drills In Schools; Children Weight-Loss App Backlash

A group of middle schoolers in Kewanee have made a claymation film for their art class. It follows 10-year-old asylum seeker Estrella on her way from El Salvador to the U.S. Plus, beginning this school year, Illinois students will be required to participate in active shooter drills. But some parents worry the drills may do more harm than good. And, last month, Weight Watchers released a weight loss app targeted at kids as young as eight years old. It caused a public outcry. We’ll discuss how we should talk about health and food with kids. 


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