INDIANAPOLIS – Illinois has its engineering school, accounting program and supercomputer reputation.
Kentucky has basketball.
CHAMPAIGN – A deal to sell the Chancellor Hotel property in Champaign and eventually redevelop the high-traffic corner of Kirby Avenue and Neil Street may be on the way.
An out-of-town development group that includes a local partner has an option on the property that was extended Thursday, with five days to execute a formal contract.
The General Assembly seemed mighty conflicted this week when it came to gaming issues.
In the House, the state government committee voted 8-1 to shut down all riverboat gambling, while a Senate panel approved a gambling expansion package that would create three new casinos, including one to be owned by the city of Chicago.
If you think tuberculosis is a health concern of bygone days, think again.
Once the leading cause of death in the United States until new medicines scaled back its threat, tuberculosis remains a "significant" health concern in Champaign-Urbana due to the constant shuffle of people moving in and out of the community through the University of Illinois, public health officials say.
SPRINGFIELD – A Senate committee on Thursday advanced legislation to create a state-funded stem-cell research program, but the bill still faces fierce opposition from plastic surgeons and a number of religious groups.
SB 2100, sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D-Evanston, would create a 6 percent tax on elective cosmetic procedures, to pay for $1 billion in matching grants to stem-cell researchers at the University of Illinois and elsewhere in the state.
INDIANAPOLIS – Long before the Illinois basketball team finished off Fairleigh Dickinson 67-55 on Thursday night, the groundwork was laid for scouting Saturday's second-round opponent, Nevada. In fact, before the Illini even returned Sunday from the Big Ten tournament in Chicago, the process was in motion.
With two games in three days against unfamiliar teams, scouting takes on a whole new meaning during the NCAA tournament.
DANVILLE – Four top hospital executives of Provena Health's Central Illinois region were fired Wednesday, but the company isn't saying why.
A memo from Mark Wiener, the chief executive of Provena's Central Illinois region, informed employees Wednesday that four members of the regional executive team had been released from their jobs that morning.
CHAMPAIGN – Budget cuts under consideration by school officials include eliminating two district administrators' positions and athletic directors at both high schools.
They would eliminate an exploratory language class at Jefferson Middle School, a French language program at Washington School, guidance counselors at all three middle schools, computer lab teachers' aides at five schools and assignments at several other schools.
URBANA – Nearly half the children in Urbana schools, and more than a third in Champaign's, qualify for an anti-poverty lunch program.
In Champaign County, one out of three 5-year-olds entering school is not prepared for kindergarten. More than one-third struggle to read in third, eighth and 11th grades.
Spring break means students are flocking to beaches and ways to unwind from being cooped up.
For many, the vacation ends with the shocking discovery that someone broke into their car or apartment and stole their valuables while they were gone.