A DraftKings promotions tent in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass.

Charles Krupa/Associated Press

December 23, 2015 - News Local/State

Madigan: Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Is Illegal Gambling

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion Wednesday, saying daily fantasy sports, offered through websites like FanDuel or DraftKings, is illegal gambling under state law. She says illegal gambling occurs when someone "plays a game of chance or skill for money.''


Marianne Dickerson at the University of Illinois.

U of I Division of Intercollegiate Athletics

December 22, 2015 - News Local/State

Village Of St. Joseph Honoring Track Star And Local Native Dickerson

Tuesday night, St. Joseph Mayor B. J. Hackler will sign a proclamation naming a portion of Main Street 'Marianne Dickerson Memorial Run.'  The local native, who passed away in October, set records at the U of I and won a silver medal at the first marathon world championship for women in 1983.  


U of I students Ahsan Ali, Bana Zayyad and Mudassir Ali serve on the executive board of the Muslim Students Association on the Urbana campus.

Senait Gebregiorgis/Illinois Public Media

December 22, 2015 - News Local/State

Muslim Students Confront Stereotypes

After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, many Muslims in the United States find themselves confronting stereotypes about their culture and religion. That includes Muslim students at the University of Illinois. 


A screen grab from the Star Wars movie.

Walt Disney Studios

December 21, 2015 - Longer Listen

‘Star Wars’ Awakens A New Generation

University of Illinois students and Roger Ebert Fellows Ashish Valentine, Riane Lenzner-White and Shalayne Pulia reviewed the opening-night screening of The Force Awakens and convened in the studios of Chicago Public Radio to discuss what the Star Wars phenomenon meant (or didn’t mean) to them, going into the film.


Graphic of bag full of "Retirement" cash.

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December 21, 2015 - News Local/State

Illinois Considers Taxing Retirement Income

Illinois’ top leaders have put off discussing how to resolve the state’s budget impasse until January. But given the state's growing deficit, they'll eventually confront the problem, including the need to find new revenue sources for state government.  The leading group for retirees is on the offensive over one particular tax break.


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