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UI student arraigned in latest case of vandalism to campus menorah

URBANA — A University of Illinois student who allegedly damaged the menorah at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on campus in late October has been formally charged.

Jacob R. Bassler, 18, of the 1200 block of South First Street, Champaign, appeared in court Thursday before Judge Brett Olmstead and was arraigned on a single count of criminal damage to property between $500 and $10,000.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 7-14, 2017


This weekend


What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 7 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.


UI soccer, track teams get a park of their own

Hear more from coach Turk Saturday at 9:10 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois track and field has been without a truly permanent home for 30 years after one round of Memorial Stadium renovations in the late 1980s removed the track.

Jim Dey: Controversial Suburban Express owner: 'I want every passenger I can get'

Local business owner Dennis Toeppen discovered again this week that, when he leads with his chin, more than a few people will take a swing at him.

Part 62: Educators who made a difference

With the UI turning the big 1-5-0 this year, we caught up with 1,000-plus graduates from across the globe who have gone on to big things. Every Tuesday throughout 2017, Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales, which are all housed at

UI looking to further restrict Suburban Express from operating on campus

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois officials are investigating how to further limit a controversial Champaign-to-Chicago bus service from operating on campus property.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Lisa Madigan has subpoenaed records from Suburban Express to determine whether the company's policies and practices violated the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Ex-Illinois congressman John Anderson dies


SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Former longtime Illinois Congressman John Anderson, who ran for president as an independent in 1980, has died at age 95.

His daughter, Diane Anderson, said her father died Sunday night in Washington, D.C.

UI blasts bus service for 'bigoted' email

CHAMPAIGN — Three University of Illinois campus leaders on Sunday condemned a private bus service for making what they called "offensive, bigoted and insulting" statements in trying to drum up business over Christmas break.

Whitman, Lovie looking to future

CHAMPAIGN — There were no long-winded speeches. The pats on the back were kept to a minimum. And the entire event was done in 90 minutes.

The Illinois football team said goodbye to 10 seniors Sunday at its annual banquet. The dinner, held at the I Hotel, opened with a talk from athletic director Josh Whitman.

His message after a 2-10 season?

AUDIO: A closer look at the new UI PTI contract

The new contract that guarantees three more years for the University of Illinois Police Training Institute limits the number of enrollees per class and number of classes per year. But the institute's leader said that won't hinder the quality of education. Tim Ditman has a closer look at the deal.

Other highlights of the contract: