University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says he will recommend that the school freeze its base tuition for incoming, in-state freshmen for a fourth consecutive year.

Democrats Vie for Rep. Davis' Congressional Seat

Dec 15, 2017

Five Democrats who want to unseat 13th District congressman Rodney Davis met the public at a candidates’ forum Thurs. at the Champaign Public Library.

Records have been provided to a psychiatrist preparing the mental evaluation of an Illinois student accused of shooting a classmate in the high school cafeteria.

Rauner Speaks on Legislative Redistricting

Nov 13, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner continues to support legislative redistricting reforms that take politicians out of the process. But the Republican governor laughed off a reporter’s question on whether he’d recuse himself from redistricting, if elected to a second term.

The Chancellor for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign predicts the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine will transform the way schools train physicians.

U of I Prepared in Case of Future Budget Crisis

Nov 3, 2017

The Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says the campus is implementing a financial and budget plan that can sustain a budget crisis.

A report says safety corrections have been made at a University of Illinois Springfield auditorium after one concert patron was hurt and another died from a fall earlier this year.

A Chicago businessman and his wife have donated $150 million to the College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

The University of Illinois is proposing a new public-private innovation center near downtown Chicago that would partner the Urbana-Champaign campus with two other research institutions.

A man accused in the abduction and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China is to be arraigned on new charges.

Illinois has awarded more than $22.5 million in federal tax credits to help fund 20 new affordable housing developments.

The University of Illinois is preparing to launch its newest fundraising campaign with an event that one school official calls "one part Ted Talk and one part Cirque de Soleil."

Trump's Immigration Policy Not Affecting U of I

Oct 5, 2017

The Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says so far, the Trump Administration immigration and visa policies have not hurt the university in recruiting students and employees. 

The University of Illinois will no longer use the music known as the “War Chant” during athletic events on its Urbana-Champaign campus.

Champaign is creating a civilian panel to examine complaints against the city's police officers.

Family of Yingying Zhang Increases Monetary Reward

Jul 14, 2017

The family of missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang has increased the amount of reward money for information about her location. 

The University of Illinois will hold a conference focusing on the problem of hunger in college students.

A walk and concert are planned Thursday to show support for a Chinese woman studying at the University of Illinois who disappeared June 9.

The city of Champaign has extended its moratorium on new video-gambling machines until Jan. 23.

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About 75 protesters showed up at Congressman Rodney Davis’ Champaign office Friday afternoon for his “office hour” meetings with constituents.

The turnout was smaller than the Taylorville Republican’s round of closed-door meetings with individuals and small groups three weeks ago. But the demonstrators made enough noise, chanting “Town Hall!”, “Bring Rodney Out!” and other slogans that the congressman’s office neighbors complained.

Parkland Seeks Judgement On Professor Trustee

May 2, 2017
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Shortly after seating a faculty member on its board of trustees, Parkland College in Champaign has formally asked a court if that move is legal. 

Parkland College’s attorney filed a petition in Champaign County Circuit Court. It seeks a declaratory judgment on whether state law allows Parkland English professor Rochelle Harden to be a trustee at the college where she teaches.

United Airlines says it's adding new destinations in smaller cities this summer including Champaign. The Chicago-based company announced that it'll start flying dozens of new daily roundtrip flights.  Starting on June 8, there'll be three daily flights between Willard Airport in Champaign and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.   The last time United Express operated through Willard was 1993. 

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Archeophone , the Champaign-based record label that preserves sounds from the early days of recording, has picked up two more Grammy nominations. They recognize the label’s first foray into sacred music.  Illinois Public Radio’s Jeff Bossert has more.

Champaign Police Department

A Champaign County judge has ruled there is enough evidence to hold a suspect in a shooting during a party last month near the University of Illinois campus that left one person dead.  Robbie Patton of Champaign is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old George Korchev of Mundelein and aggravated battery with a firearm in the wounding of three others.

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Police in Champaign have arrested two people they believe were involved in a beating outside a party that led to several people being shot.  Police arrested 20-year-old Johnnie Holbrook of Champaign and a 16-year-old Champaign boy. They are charged with aggravated battery in the Sept. 25 beating. Neither suspect has entered a plea nor has an attorney.

A warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with last weekend’s fatal shooting in Champaign’s Campustown neighborhood.  18-year-old Robbie Patton of Champaign is wanted for murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, for firing off shots during a fight outside a Campustown apartment building. 

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says the fight that preceded the shooting Sunday near the University of Illinois campus appears to have begun after one woman spilled a drink on another at a party.  Police say the party was at an apartment in the Campustown area that runs through the middle of campus. The large party spilled out of the apartment.

Champaign police now believe two weekend shootings that left one man dead and four people wounded were not related.  Police initially said the Sunday morning shooting at a party at an apartment on Green Street in the University of Illinois campus' primary bar-and-restaurant district, and another a short time later, may have been related.

Champaign looks at $700,000 cost to remove ash trees

Aug 11, 2016
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - City officials in Champaign say they expect to spend at least $700,000 to remove the remaining ash trees from the city.

City forestry supervisor Andrew Lamoreux told the city council Tuesday that ash borers have infested almost every ash tree in the eastern Illinois city since the bugs were first found there in 2012.

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Urbana police arrested 22-year-old Bryton Mellott on Independence Day on charges of flag desecration and disorderly conduct.  Mellott posted pictures on Facebook showing him burning the US flag … and received multiple threats of violence against him and his employer. Mellott was released from custody after police consulted with the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office about the constitutionality of Illinois’s flag desecration law.