Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

Rose encountering obstacles in getting aquifer-related bills through House

SPRINGFIELD — The struggles he has encountered trying to pass two environmental-protection bills through the state House have left Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, frustrated as the end of the spring session draws closer.

Iraq War veteran, service dog united in trauma

DANVILLE — Joshua Whitney of Danville was trying everything he could think of to get his service dog to stop Friday evening, yelling "heel," "come," "halt" — even some made-up words.

But, to his horror, Harleigh, a 5-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, bolted away from him and down his driveway into the street, where she was hit by a car.

The unseen music scene

REO Speedwagon, Hum, American Football and Poster Children. These bands, separated by decades, genres and styles, all have one thing in common: Champaign-Urbana was, at one point, home.

They all left, though, taking with them the fans that cheered them on in unknown basements and living rooms across the twin cities.

In lieu of Tom's #Mailbag: The Royal Wedding

Tom's Mailbag is on vacation. But our Resident Townie is still taking questions: submit them by clicking here.

In the wee hours Saturday, millions will tune in to watch American Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walk down the aisle and say their vows at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

UI debuting protocols for handling 'trolling' attacks on faculty in fall

The University of Illinois' reaction to a "trolling" attack and threats directed at Professor Rochelle Gutierrez last year "wasn't as coordinated as it could've been," Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Bill Bernhard said.

63 years later, UI grad who made Chia Pets famous finally picking up diploma

URBANA — After 63 years, the University of Illinois grad who gave us the Chia Pet — and that catchy commercial jingle ("Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!") — will finally get to walk across the stage today and receive his diploma.

Office Hours with Aldo: Mara Wade

On Thursdays throughout the semester, staff writer Adalberto Toledo will book an appointment with a local professor. Today: University of Illinois Germanic languages and literatures Professor MARA WADE.

Wade will get to live out one of her dreams when she goes to San Francisco for the fall semester.

UI professors tackle targeting

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URBANA — Since she became the butt of jokes, comics and headlines, University of Illinois Professor Rochelle Gutierrez has been busy making sure people like her have the tools to defend themselves.

46 states, 56 countries represented in UI iMBA's first graduating class

On Saturday, the University of Illinois will host a graduation ceremony for dozens of MBA students who may have never set foot on campus before.

These aren't your typical MBA students. They're "iMBA" students, part of an online-only, UI-taught MBA program, and 73 percent of them don't live in Illinois.

Moving a whole house? 'It's not for the faint of heart'

Champaign's historic Burnham Mansion is moving, according to an agreement reached Wednesday night, and right now it's a race against the clock.

Unit 4 wants the house gone by July 15 and has said that if the project drags past that date, the mansion's new owner, University of Illinois graduate Christopher Enck, will have to pay $2,500 a day.