Champaign http://peoriapublicradio.org en Champaign-Urbana bid to host high school basketball tournaments http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/champaign-urbana-bid-host-high-school-basketball-tournaments <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 20 years after losing out to Peoria, Champaign-Urbana hopes to once again host the Illinois state high school boys basketball tournament. And a bid will be made to host the girls tournament as well. &nbsp;</span></div><div> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:06:05 +0000 Jim Meadows 25070 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Champaign-Urbana bid to host high school basketball tournaments Hundreds Turn Out To Champaign EPA Meeting On Sole Source Designation http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/hundreds-turn-out-champaign-epa-meeting-sole-source-designation <div>During a public forum Tuesday night in Champaign, about 300 people urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate a major source of drinking water in the region as a sole source aquifer.</div><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 06:16:32 +0000 Sean Powers 23268 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Hundreds Turn Out To Champaign EPA Meeting On Sole Source Designation Roger Ebert statue unveiled in Champaign http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/roger-ebert-statue-unveiled-champaign <div>A life-sized bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert was unveiled Thursday outside the Virginia Theater in Champaign.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The artist who designed the statue of the late movie critic sitting between two empty theater seats says the piece took six months to complete.&nbsp;</span></div><div> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:04:53 +0000 Sean Powers 22350 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Roger Ebert statue unveiled in Champaign U of I chancellor target of social media attacks http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/u-i-chancellor-target-social-media-attacks <div>The University of Illinois’ Urbana chancellor became the target of social media attacks late Sunday and Monday morning over her decision to keep the campus open despite the cold weather. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:26:03 +0000 Jeff Bossert 18136 at http://peoriapublicradio.org U of I chancellor target of social media attacks Will Velveeta cheese survive football playoffs? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/will-velveeta-cheese-survive-football-playoffs <p></p><div>The soft processed cheese product Velveeta is manufactured at the Kraft Foods plant in Champaign. But can they make enough of it, in light of reports of a possible Velveeta shortage during the football playoffs?&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:03:30 +0000 Jim Meadows 17398 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Will Velveeta cheese survive football playoffs? Drone builder: Amazon ambitions could take a decade http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/drone-builder-amazon-ambitions-could-take-decade <p></p><div>Earlier this week, Amazon.com announced it may start delivering packages carried by unmanned aerial drones. &nbsp;But Matt Schroyer says that could take at least a decade, once regulations are ironed out with the Federal Aviation Administration. &nbsp;Schroyer teaches students in Champaign County how to build drones, as part of a National Science Foundation grant to improve science education in the classroom. &nbsp;In the short-term, he expects drone technology to play a large role in agriculture.</div><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:17:25 +0000 Sean Powers 15868 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Drone builder: Amazon ambitions could take a decade Group questions using healthcare hotline number http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/group-questions-using-healthcare-hotline-number <p></p><div>As the federal government continues to grapple with glitches in the new health insurance website, President Obama this week encouraged people to use the insurance exchanges' telephone hotline instead.</div><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:17:27 +0000 Sean Powers 13860 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Group questions using healthcare hotline number Campaign to build sculpture of Roger Ebert http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/campaign-build-sculpture-roger-ebert <div>When filmgoers attend Roger Ebert’s 16th annual film festival in Champaign next spring, they’ll be able to pose with the famous Urbana native. A fundraiser campaign aims to build a life-size sculpture of Ebert, and unveil it as part of the festival in late April, outside the Virginia Theatre. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bronze tribute to the late Urbana native and longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic places him in the middle of three theater seats, giving the trademark ‘thumbs up.’ </span></div><div> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:31:54 +0000 Jeff Bossert 11712 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Campaign to build sculpture of Roger Ebert