In this Sept. 5, 2015 file photo, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas congratulates players after an NCAA college football game against in Champaign, Ill.

Stephen Haas/Associated Press

News Local/State - December 16, 2015

Judge Tosses Claims Against Former Illinois AD, Soccer Coach

Former athletic director Mike Thomas, who was fired last month, and soccer coach Janet Rayfield are no longer defendants in the lawsuit filed by former U of I soccer player Janet Rayfield.  Judge Jeffrey Ford says the suit didn't provide a basis for claims.

Cinda Klickna standing in an office.

Dusty Rhodes/Illinois Public Radio

News Local/State - December 16, 2015

IEA Leader Eager To Dump ‘No Child Left Behind’

How many standardized test do you remember taking when you were in school?  Your answer probably depends on whether you finished school before 2002 when No Child Left Behind took effect.  Illinois Public Radio's Dusty Rhodes discusses NCLB's replacement, the Every Student Succeeds Act, with Illinois Education Association President Cinda Klickna.

Sign for Western Illinois University

Rich Egger/Tri-States Public Radio

News Local/State - December 16, 2015

WIU Board To Delay Decision On Budget

The administration at Western Illinois University in Macomb wants time to revise its budget-cutting plan, and is asking the Board of Trustees to delay its vote on the plan until next month.

Still from police dashcam video of Benjamin Mann being led away by Champaign officers after altercation on March 16, 2014.

Champaign Police Department

News Local/State - December 15, 2015

Champaign City Council To Vote On $225K Settlement

Champaign City Council members will be voting on the settlement of an excessive-force lawsuit involving the same Champaign police officer, Officer Matt Rush, for the second time in three weeks.

Portrait of Julie Turnock

University of Illinois

News Local/State - December 15, 2015

‘Star Wars’ Franchise Continues To Drive Movie Special Effects

One of the many ways Star Wars has changed the movie industry since the first movie came out in 1977 is through special effects.  Much of the industry standard in special effects even today has its roots in the original Star Wars trilogy of the late 1970’s and early 80’s.  That’s according to Julie Turnock, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois Urbana campus.  She spoke with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline this week.

Measels Mumps Rubella vaccine

(Sci Tech Daily)

News Local/State - December 14, 2015

Mumps Cases Increase Back Up In C-U This Month

The mumps outbreak in Champaign-Urbana had decreased from over 100 last summer to just eight cases in November.  But in December, the total has climbed back to 24.  A expert with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District can't point to one reason for that increase.  

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