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UI, University of Chicago announce research partnership

CHICAGO — The University of Illinois' footprint in Chicago continues to grow.

Hours after announcing a new "Illinois Innovation Corridor" and a $1.2 billion UI-led research institute in Chicago, officials held a second press conference Thursday to unveil a new partnership between the Urbana campus and the University of Chicago.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 20, 2017

The Vietnam War happened more than 8,000 miles from Champaign-Urbana. But it had an impact on the community and the state.

WILL provides a look back with its radio documentary "Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois." The program airs at 3 p.m. Saturday and includes stories from Illinoisans who served in the war, protested the war or became war refugees.

Area history, Oct. 20, 2017

Today is Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, a column by M.W. Hout in the Champaign Daily News said a newspaper reporter "lives a lifetime in a day; that the period of 24 hours between press time and press time marks the beginning and the end of time."

This day in history, Oct. 20, 2017

Today is Friday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2017. There are 72 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Oct. 20, 1967, a jury in Meridian, Miss., convicted seven men of violating the civil rights of slain civil-rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner; the seven received prison terms ranging from three to 10 years.

Can't do it again

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs went 108 years between championships. This really isn't new territory. Still, it was jarring to see the reigning World Series champions go down without a fight.

After twice fending off elimination during their October title defense, the Cubs had nothing left for Game 5 of their NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ayo: Illinois is 'home'

CHICAGO — No hat tricks. No last minute changes. No drama.

A black and white video played on a projection screen on the upper level of the Jordan Brand store in downtown Chicago just after 7 p.m. on Thursday. In it, Morgan Park point guard Ayo Dosunmu thanked his family, coaches and friends.

Two Champaign men charged in home, vehicle burglaries in city's southwest

URBANA — Two Champaign men have been charged with allegedly breaking into homes and vehicles early Wednesday morning in southwest Champaign.

Clavin Davis, 18, of the 2400 block of Campbell Drive and Jiayu Yao, 22, of the 2500 block of Woodridge Place were each charged Thursday with two counts of residential burglary and one count of attempted residential burglary.

Champaign man acquitted of selling heroin to police informant

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Thursday took less than three hours to acquit a Champaign man accused of selling heroin to a police informant.

Rantoul man convicted of battering toddler

URBANA — Despite suffering multiple skull fractures, bleeding in the brain and a broken wrist two years ago, a 3-year-old Rantoul girl is doing well.

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois, provided by public works offices: (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to breaking@news-gazette.com.)