Congressional candidate David Gill

Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - March 28, 2016

David Gill Runs For Congress, This Time As An Independent

Gill, an emergency room physician from Bloomington, ran four times for the U-S House as a Democrat, but now plans to collect petition signatures to run as an independent in the 13th District.

Congressman Rodney Davis

Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - March 28, 2016

Davis: Trade Embargo With Cuba Won’t Be Lifted Soon

GOP Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says despite the positive news coming out of President Obama's recent visit to Cuba, there are some obstacles before Congress will consider lifting the U.S. trade embargo with the island country.

In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, marijuana plants are seen in Chicago where officers say they discovered two football fields worth of pot plants growing on the city's South Side.

Teresa Crawford/Associated Press

News Local/State - March 26, 2016

Illinois Lawmakers Give Pot Decriminalization Another Try

State lawmakers are advancing another attempt to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana, removing the possibility of jail time. But they face strong opposition from law enforcement and anti-pot advocates.

Champaign County Board Chair Pattsi Petrie addresses a large crowd at the Urbana National Guard Armory Thursday.

Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

News Local/State - March 25, 2016

Champaign County Celebrates Role In Fighter Pilots’ History

There are now four signs entering Champaign County reading 'Birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen – March 1941.'  On Thursday, the county held a celebration of what occured on the former Chanute Air Force base 75 years ago this month.

U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman with basketball coach John Groce at Memorial Stadium Thursday.

Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - March 24, 2016

After Arrests, Illinois AD Gives Groce Another Endorsement

University of Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman has again assured basketball coach John Groce that his job is secure, despite poor team play and player arrests.  A Thursday afternoon press conference was held after the recent arrests of junior guards Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn.

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, attends a State Dinner hosted by Cuban President Raul Castro, right, at the Palace of the Revolution, Monday, March 21, 2016, in Havana, Cuba.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

News Local/State - March 23, 2016

Durbin, Bustos Push For Trade With Cuba After Delegation Visit

Democratic Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and 17th District Congressional Democrat Cheri Bustos were among those who traveled to Cuba with President Obama this week.  Durbin says he witnessed a 'spirit of cooperation' that he hadn't seen before in the island countrry. The two are pushing for the end to the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba.

Paul Dano portraying Brian Wilson

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News Local/State - March 23, 2016

‘Love And Mercy’ and ‘Grandma’ On Final Slate Of Films At 18th Ebertfest

The final slate of six films for the festival, running April 13-17 at Champaign's Virginia Theater, include 'Love and Mercy', which depicts Beach Boy Brian Wilson at two stages of his life, Lily Tomlin's honored performance in "Grandma", and "L'Inhumaine", a 1924 silent French sci-film film to be accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra. 

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