Illinois Primary Election 2022: Live blog, updates, results and more

12:40 a.m.: SPRINGFIELD — Suburban Chicago personal injury lawyer Kathy Salvi has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Illinois. Salvi topped a field of seven candidates Tuesday to win the nod to take on first-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth in November. Duckworth is a veteran of the Iraq War and is very […]

Increasing gun violence raises issue of community-wide trauma among residents

Yvonne Miller likes driving her white Volvo because it reminds her of driving with her son.  On her license plate is the word “STUFF.” The bold, black letters stand out against the light blue color of her “Prevent Violence” license plate.  “Stuff” is a tribute to Miller’s 23-year-old son, Christopher Kelly. It was a nickname […]

Students protest University of Illinois fossil fuel investments

When the push for the University of Illinois to divest from fossil fuels began thirteen years ago, many students said they were hopeful that administrators would listen to their concerns. But students who gathered at the Alma Mater statue on Friday for an Earth Day climate strike on April 22 said they’re still fighting for […]

Protesters demand Parkland College fire former police chief

Protestors gathered at Parkland College April 21 to demand the firing of a former Champaign police chief from his teaching position. Former police chief R.T. Finney has been teaching classes about community policing since the fall of last year. Finney was involved in a shooting that led to the 2009 killing by a different officer […]

Severe weather risk downgraded for this afternoon

Illinois Public Media News is monitoring a threat of severe storms on Wednesday that is forecasted by the National Weather Service in Central Illinois and other meteorologists. Tornadoes, high winds, and large hail are possible in East Central Illinois. We will update this post with the latest forecast information. Updated Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Forecasters […]

Illinois Public Media staff read proclamation of WILL-AM’s 100 years on-air

On April 6, 1922, four members of the University of Illinois’s electrical engineering laboratory put WILL-AM on the air. What would follow is a century of service to bring news, music, sports, education, and entertainment to Illinois via AM radio, then FM radio,  then television, and later the internet. On April 6, 2022, the staff […]

Illinois men fall in NCAA Second Round to Houston 68-53

PITTSBURGH — The Illinois men’s basketball team saw its season end ingloriously Sunday afternoon, struggling to find any offensive rhythm against the country’s best defensive team, the Houston Cougars. Houston advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 68-53 victory. Cougars coach Kelvin Sampson said the key was shutting down Illinois’s primary offensive weapon. “Kofi (Cockburn), […]

Illini earn 4-seed in NCAA Tourney, will face Chattanooga Friday in Pittsburgh

URBANA – The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team will travel to Pittsburgh to play the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Friday evening in the NCAA Tournament’s first round.  The University of Illinois earned a number-4 seed in the South Region. The Mocs are the 13th seed after finishing first in the Southern Conference and winning their conference tournament.  […]

Illini exit early from Big Ten Tournament in 65-63 loss to Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS -The Illini men’s basketball team won’t win a second consecutive Big Ten Tournament. Ninth-seeded Indiana played its way into the NCAA tournament this afternoon in Indianapolis with a 65-63 win over the top seeded Illini. The Illini converted just 15 of their 23 shots from the free-throw line, while Indiana was 10 of 13. […]

Light snow forecasted for late Thu-Fri AM

Illinois Public Media News is monitoring a winter storm that the National Weather Service in Central Illinois expects to bring light snow to East Central Illinois. We will update this post with the latest forecast information. Updated Thursday at 10:00 p.m. Updated Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Updated Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Updated Thursday at 3:40 […]

No. 20 Illinois beats No. 24 Iowa for share of Big Ten title

CHAMPAIGN — Two things needed to happen for the Illini men to win a share of the Big Ten men’s basketball championship yesterday. Last-place Nebraska needed to beat first-place Wisconsin, in Madison, without its best player, Bryce McGowens. Then, Illinois needed to beat the league’s hottest team, 24th-ranked Iowa. Both happened. But not before the […]

No. 20 Illinois survives Penn State defense, 60-55

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men’s basketball team overcame a crafty Penn State defense for a 60-55 win Thursday night in Champaign. First year Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry dedicated his defenders to shutting down Illinois’ inside-out game, preventing top scorers Kofi Cockburn and Alfonso Plummer from getting shots. That left Da’Monte Williams open. “I’ve coached […]

Watch: President Biden will deliver his State of the Union on Tuesday night

President Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday amid rising inflation and growing fatigue as the coronavirus pandemic is set to enter its third year and as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine. Those are expected to be top issues in his speech, and he is also likely to talk […]