University of Illinois

University of Illinois

John Frayne: Krannert's spring season will go out with a bang

After spring break, the University of Illinois' quartet in residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, will give its final concert of this season on April 5 in the Foellinger Great Hall. The program offers Dimitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110.

Experts: Feds' use of death penalty in 2 recent cases not bellwether for Christensen's

The U.S. Justice Department recently announced plans to seek the death penalty in two murder cases, the first capital cases under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

This has led to speculation that use of the federal death penalty will increase under Sessions. But a former federal prosecutor and an expert on the death penalty say it's still too early to tell.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 11-18, 2018


This weekend


What: Heralded as one of our country's foremost comics. Presented by Exceptional Artists in partnership with Champaign Park District.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $49.50-$58.50. Additional $5 per-ticket service charges apply (online only).

UPDATED: Four teens arrested in assault near Illini Union

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.:

URBANA — Four Urbana teens are in police custody following a violent attack on a University of Illinois student Monday evening near the Quad.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Isaiah Conley, 18, and three other boys ages 13 and 16, used a brick to try to knock out the student and rob him of money that they planned to use to rent a hotel room to party.

Prosecutors: Accused kidnapper's lawyers got more evidence than required

URBANA — Rebutting an attempt to bar expert testimony from the government in trial, prosecutors said Tuesday they have provided more forensic analysis than is required to the attorneys of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen.

UI frat's old house making way for new house, apartment tower

CHAMPAIGN — Demolition is underway on the former Alpha Delta Phi fraternity near Fourth and John streets in Campustown, where a new fraternity house and 14-story apartment tower are planned.

UI business-consulting program hit with lawsuit

The University of Illinois said it plans to defend itself against a lawsuit alleging that its Illinois Business Consulting program violated labor law.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 7, 2018

Baby, it's cold outside! Which makes this the perfect time of year for entertaining indoors. And I can't think of a better local venue for indoor entertainment than Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

When you talk about the perfect blend of acoustics and aesthetics, you're talking Krannert, but that's not the only reason it's my favorite January venue.

Wired In: Philip Krein

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech entrepreneur. This week, meet PHILIP T. KREIN, the University of Illinois Grainger Emeritus Chair in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics who has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He's an alumni of his department, having earned his master's degree and Ph.D.

UI proposes fourth-straight tuition freeze for Illinois undergrads

URBANA — The University of Illinois remains the second-most-expensive public school in the Big Ten in terms of tuition and fees, but its costs have risen slower than all but three conference peers in recent years.