Champaign

Education
11:26 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

U of I chancellor target of social media attacks

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.  

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Business
5:03 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Will Velveeta cheese survive football playoffs?

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? 

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:17 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Drone builder: Amazon ambitions could take a decade

Earlier this week, Amazon.com announced it may start delivering packages carried by unmanned aerial drones.  But Matt Schroyer says that could take at least a decade, once regulations are ironed out with the Federal Aviation Administration.  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.  In the short-term, he expects drone technology to play a large role in agriculture.

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Health
6:17 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Group questions using healthcare hotline number

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.

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State News
1:31 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Campaign to build sculpture of Roger Ebert

Credit Jeff Bossert / IPR/WILL

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.  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.’

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