What's Cool on Campus? Anthem Singers

About 45 minutes before tip-off at the Illinois men's basketball team’s game against Penn State last weekend, CJ Sizemore and The Singing Men retreated into the tunnel at the North end of State Farm Center and walked deep into the arena's bowels.

Many applied to be in inaugural Carle Illinois College of Medicine class

Physiologist Bill Kwon works with a heart-lung transplant team at UCLA.

Casey Salandra is an HIV researcher at the National Institutes of Health.

Kitan Akinosho is a data scientist with the federal government in Washington.

And Chris Ng is a patient representative at Boston Children's Hospital.

Environmental Almanac: The world has a place for pesky blood suckers

On Saturday, the 35th annual Insect Fear Film Festival will take place in Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois. As part of the celebration, this week's Environmental Almanac features the writing of UI graduate students Nicholas Anderson, Samniqueka Halsey, Todd Johnson, Tanya Josek and Erin Welsh, who conduct research on insects and related arthropods.

Building permits, Feb. 18, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Architectural Expressions, gym facility alteration at Pursuit Institute at 1809 S. Neil St., $50,000.

Parkland celebrating 50 years of agricultural education

CHAMPAIGN — At Parkland College's Tony Noel Agricultural Applications Center on Wednesday, students were installing row unit modules on a planter that will be used in test fields to show off the latest in precision ag technology.

'Paint the Hall Chief' call has many riled up

CHAMPAIGN — A call to "Paint the Hall Chief" at Thursday's Illini basketball game against Purdue has sparked allegations of trademark infringement and plans for a counter-protest.

Group gets cold, wet for a cause

DANVILLE — Early Saturday afternoon, the temperature outside of Faith Wright's house in Danville hovered around freezing, and large, wet snowflakes fell from the sky.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Feb. 18, 2018

For sports autograph aficionados, it's the most wonderful time of the year: spring training gets under way Monday. We asked this week's panel to tell us about the first time they hit up a celebrity for their signature.

Tom Kacich: Pension-cost shift a 'nonstarter' for many lawmakers

The keystone of Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2019 budget — a plan to shift the cost of pension payments from the state to universities and local school districts over four years — is "a nonstarter," says state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin. He's not alone in his assessment.

This day in history, Feb. 18, 2018

Today is Sunday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2018. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Feb. 18, 1678, the first part of "The Pilgrim's Progress," a Christian allegory by English author John Bunyan, was published in London.

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