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New chancellor plans to listen

CHAMPAIGN — Chancellor Phyllis Wise said Tuesday that she's proud of the University of Illinois for its proactive handling of a law school data problem; she was aware of an earlier scandal, Category I, but it didn't figure into her decision to join Illinois; and promised to go on a listening tour of the campus.

Local 'Occupy' protesters to merge efforts

URBANA — A group of area residents concerned about financial greed, political corruption and the United States' participation in wars has been holding separate daily demonstrations in downtown Champaign and downtown Urbana for about a week.

Teen gets wish: to help favorite team during UI homecoming

When the Fighting Illini beat Northwestern this weekend, they had an extra member of the coaching staff to thank: 16-year-old Trenton Faullin.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation made Trenton's dream — serving as an honorary Illinois football coach for homecoming — a reality.

Urbana teacher trains for Ironman Triathlon

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     An Urbana school teacher is looking to inspire his students this weekend as he competes in a grueling athletic event. 

     Tim Ditman has the story.  Click the play icon to listen.

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Mahomet teen gets wish granted by Illini football team

Mahomet teen gets wish granted by Illini football team: Play now!

     A Mahomet teen had his lifelong wish come true this weekend when he got to experience a big Illini football win. 

     Tim Ditman has the story.  Click the play icon to listen.

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One of first Peace Corps volunteers treasures his time overseas

Fifty years ago, the Berlin Wall was not yet built, the term "Peace Corps" had just been invented and John F. Kennedy's idealism took hold in a young Army Reservist named Ron Peters.

Inspired by Kennedy, and his uncles' tales of overseas duty in World War II, Peters decided to see the world and use his teaching experience in a developing country.

Jace Hoppes Fire Breather

 

Jace Hoppes was at Mike N Molly's Friday night September 30,2011 to attempt a new Guinness record for the highest flame blown by a fire Breather.  The wind prevented going that high but it was a performance for those attending.   

Studio Visit: Michael Morgan

Studio visit appears first in print, on Sundays. On Oct. 2, in The News-Gazette, Studio Visit will feature Dick Detzner. Here, a visit with artist Michael Morgan of Champaign.

Q: I enjoyed your emceeing of Pecha Kucha (over the summer). Have you ever worked as a standup comic?

Getting Personal: Chip Stephens

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with jazz pianist, educator, clinician, recording artist and University of Illinois School of Music Professor Chip Stephens of Pesotum. Getting Personal normally appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.

Homecoming parade ready to step off tonight

     This year's University of Illinois Homecoming Parade gets underway tonight at 6 p.m.