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UI releases statement pledging free speech for all

In a new statement of principles, the University of Illinois pledges an "unyielding allegiance to freedom of speech — even controversial, contentious and unpopular speech."

It also encourages members of the campus community to counter speech they don't like with speech of their own.

Weekend Planner: Lighting the way

One of the brightest holiday-decorating efforts in the area gets underway tonight with the opening of Urbana's dazzling Candlestick Lane.

Net-neutrality supporters rally ahead of likely FCC vote to kill it

NEW YORK — Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream.

Krannert Art Museum names Mass. curator as new director

CHAMPAIGN — Krannert Art Museum has named a new director.

Jon Seydl, an art historian specializing in Italian Renaissance art, has been named the new director.

He is the senior director of collections and programs and curator of European art at Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.

UI lobbying for tuition waivers in final version of GOP tax bill

CHAMPAIGN — With Republicans trying to pass a tax-reform bill before Christmas, the University of Illinois is actively lobbying to keep the tax-free status of tuition waivers for grad students, among other provisions that could make higher education more expensive.

UI guitar lecturer went from shredding to classical finesse

Guido Sanchez-Portuguez plays classical guitar, but he also learned to "shred" in a brief flirtation with rock — and it made a mark on his playing.

The Costa Rica native is a lecturer in guitar at the University of Illinois School of Music and will play a free concert at 2 p.m. today at Krannert Art Museum's Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery.

Family Service, UI student group teaming up to help seniors

CHAMPAIGN — Slippery roads and sidewalks can make winter a treacherous time for older adults to get out to the store, and higher winter power bills can make it harder for some of them to afford household basics.

That's where a local agency and a group of University of Illinois students aim to make a difference for dozens of local seniors this winter.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 9, 2017

A follow-up to our story on local connections to "Home Alone," which will be screened Monday at the Virginia Theatre as part of The News-Gazette Film Series:

Area history, Dec. 9, 2017

Today is Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, Dec. 9, 2017

Today is Saturday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2017. There are 22 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Dec. 9, 1892, "Widowers' Houses," Bernard Shaw's first play, opened at the Royalty Theater in London.

On this date

In 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.