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Students applying for admission into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will soon be able to self-report their standardized test scores.

University of Illinois trustees have voted to increase student health insurance premiums for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Republican floor leader in the Illinois House says a GOP candidate seeking a seat in the General Assembly is unworthy of the post because of his use of sexist and racist language.

Attorneys for a man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China are asking a judge to dismiss a main charge against him and change the location of his trial.

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.

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

There’s another new effort to honor the memory of Chief Illiniwek during this week’s University of Illinois homecoming celebration -- a decade after the U of I retired the Chief. However, it's meeting opposition from Native American groups on the Urbana 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.

Illinois Sets Out to Stop Opioid Abuse

Oct 12, 2017

The governor’s new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force made a stop in Urbana Thursday, to hear ways to curtail drug abuse in the state. 

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. 

Movie-related memorabilia collected during late film critic Roger Ebert's tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times will become part of a University of Illinois collection.

State Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

A judge has allowed lawyers for a 27-year-old suspect in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China to withdraw from the case on grounds he can't foot the legal bills. 

A federal judge has delayed until February the trial of the man accused of kidnapping visiting U of I scholar Yingying Zhang.

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

OSF HealthCare

OSF HealthCare is expanding its presence down state.

Senator Durbin Discusses Healthcare

Jul 6, 2017

US Senator Dick Durbin wants to see the United States eventually implement a “Medicare for all” type health care program.

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

Friends are remembering an Illinois State Police trooper who died in a vehicle crash as a hard worker and good-hearted man.

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

A federal judge says Aaron Schock isn't entitled to detailed evidence prosecutors gathered from a confidential informant on the then-congressman's staff as he prepares for trial. 

Parkland Seeks Judgement On Professor Trustee

May 2, 2017
Rochelle Harden for Parkland Trustee / Facebook

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.

Rep. Ammons Explores Congressional Run

Apr 26, 2017
Carol Ammons / Facebook

State Representative Carol Ammons says she’ll take a couple of months to decide if she’s challenging Republican Congressman Rodney Davis next year. The Urbana Democrat has formed an exploratory committee to look into a run for Congress in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. Speaking in Springfield after Tuesday’s Illinois Women March, Ammons says it’s time women in Illinois took a stand against “second-class citizenship”

Urbana Mayor Defends City's "Sanctuary" Status

Mar 29, 2017
Jeff Bossert / Illinois Public Radio

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions renewed the call this week to strip so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ of some federal funding, but Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing questions whether that would be legal.

City leaders reaffirmed Urbana’s 30-year old status as a sanctuary city late last year…offering some protections to those living in the country illegally.

Prussing says she’s confident that the Trump Administration can’t withhold federal grant funds… saying Urbana’s sanctuary measure was prepared with solid legal advice:

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday decided not to answer a question about whether non-profit hospitals must pay property taxes. The case began with Carle Hospital in Urbana, but has implications across Illinois.

What It Means To Be A Sanctuary City In Urbana

Feb 22, 2017
Jeff Bossert / Illinois Public Radio

On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released details on new policies to ramp up federal immigration detentions and deportations. Ahead of the move, Urbana joined hundreds of other cities in declaring itself a sanctuary city – meaning they’ll offer some protections to people in the country illegally. That could cost the city roughly $1 million in federal funds, based on recent executive orders from the president.

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