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Suburban Express responds to Madigan's subpoena over controversial ad

CHAMPAIGN — Suburban Express has replied to a subpoena from the Illinois Attorney General following complaints about an ad many saw as racist.

"We received a response from the company, and we are reviewing it," said Annie Thompson, the attorney general's press secretary.

Campus thefts report: 10 suicide prevention signs, 4 chain saws and more

Two days before Christmas, an unknown man stole about 10 suicide prevention signs from stairwells in campus parking garage F-29 (1001 Dorner Drive, U), it was reported to UI police.

The theft reportedly happened around 1 p.m. on Dec. 23.

"An estimated value of the signs was not immediately available," authorities said.

Champaign's II-VI EpiWorks keeps on growing

CHAMPAIGN — On the outskirts of town sits one of the area's fastest growing companies.

II-VI EpiWorks, which makes epitaxial semiconductor wafers that are used in everything from cellphones to data centers, doubled in size this year, growing from about 50 employees at the beginning of the year to about 100.

The Big 150 with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 31, 2017

With just a few hours left in the UI's 150th birthday year, we're putting a different twist on this week's Big 10. Presenting 150 things we learned over the past year about Alma Mater's school ...


No, Dontae Skywalker is not a character in the new "Star Wars" movie. But in his last job, the 2004 UI grad was every bit as popular.

In the Garden: Holiday houseplants are year-round keepers


The Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla) is a common houseplant that is often sold around Christmastime due to its Christmas-tree-like appearance.

However, in its native range, it is quite different than the 1- to 5-foot houseplant we know it as, reaching heights of 150 to 200 feet.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 28, 2017-Jan. 4, 2018


This weekend


What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 28 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

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


John Frayne: Big-name composers highlight Krannert's early spring schedule

"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" wrote the poet Shelley. Hardly had the post echoes of the Christmas concerts died away than the wheels of the new spring season began to turn at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Help Wanted: Several high-profile jobs open in area

The area has several high-powered, high-paying jobs to be filled in 2018. Here's the latest on six of them, courtesy Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO.

Tom Kacich: UI stands alone with enrollment increase

Questions for Tom? Ask them here

Illinois' more-than-two-year-long budget stalemate, which ended in July this year, clearly took its toll on the state's public higher-education system, enrollment figures show.

UI Sustainability Council exploring expansion of solar farm

CHAMPAIGN — The campus is considering an expansion of the 2-year-old solar array on the University of Illinois South Farms, which has been idle since late October but is set to resume operations by the end of the year.