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Texas A&M professor to be UI Department of Theatre's first female leader

URBANA — The University of Illinois' Department of Theatre will have a woman in charge for the first time, pending the approval of the UI Board of Trustees.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: 'Order made sense' for longtime cop

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up in Urbana, Jonathan Westfield played baseball and basketball. However, he knew better than to aspire to follow the footsteps of his dad, Negro League all-star pitcher Ernie Westfield, into baseball.

Clearing the air about Willard's new second airline

Steve Carter talks Willard Friday at 10 on WDWS.

John Frayne: Impressive display of young talent at festival

The audience members in the Foellinger Great Hall on Sunday afternoon were present at the first concert of the "Heart of Illinois Youth Festival."

UI stuck with alum over three outside finalists for education dean

CHAMPAIGN — A national search for a new College of Education dean produced three outside finalists, but in the end, the University of Illinois turned to a respected UI administrator — and alumnus — to lead the college.

James Anderson, a longtime UI education professor and a key figure in attracting more black students to the school, was announced Wednesday as the new dean.

Jim Dey: It's hard to downplay cachet of UI's Kummerow

It was a big local story last week when longtime University of Illinois Professor Fred Kummerow died at age 102.

Commensurate with his stature as a longtime scholar and researcher, local media outlets, particularly The News-Gazette, reported extensively on his death. That's as it should be.

Anderson named UI education dean

CHAMPAIGN — James Anderson, a longtime University of Illinois education professor and administrator and a key figure in attracting more African-American students to the school, has been named dean of the College of Education.

Part 31: Where were you the night John Lennon died?

With the UI celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of graduates who've gone on to greatness. Every Tuesday throughout 2017, Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 31: Dec. 8, 1980.

Inside the UI's commencement pitch to Obama

By all accounts, actor Nick Offerman's commencement address at the University of Illinois was a hit, even making a couple of top 10 lists of graduation speeches this spring.

He'd actually been invited last fall, along with a certain former president who ended up sending his regrets in March.

Getting Personal: Lily Wilcock

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, meet 28-year-old Urbana resident Lily Wilcock, who can tell you anything about bikes and plays in the band Sleeping Okami, chats with staff writer Paul Wood.

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