Champaign Group Provides Home To Former Prisoners, But Need For Housing Remains

Each year, roughly 28,000 people are released from Illinois prisons. Now, four of those men will live in a modest five-bedroom home in a residential neighborhood near downtown Champaign. First Followers, a group that offers support to formerly incarcerated people operates the home called the First Steps Community House, in partnership with the Housing Authority […]

Illinois To Honor Investigators Of Chinese Scholar’s Death

Yingying Zhang

CHAMPAIGN – Three law enforcement officials will be honored for their work investigating the killer of a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois. Sgt. James Carter, Detective Eric Stiverson and telecommunicator Kenny Costa of the University of Illinois Police Department will be awarded the Chancellor’s Medallion at a ceremony Feb. 24 in Champaign. […]

NBA Players Among Those Pushing For Illinois To Approve Student Athlete Sponsorships

SPRINGFIELD – Two professional basketball players said it’s only fair to allow college athletes to seek sponsorships and other lucrative deals if colleges and universities are profiting at the same time. Brothers Shannon and Sterling Brown — both originally from the Chicago suburb of Maywood — joined Illinois lawmakers Friday to advocate for a proposal […]

Fretwell Wilson Discusses New Leadership Post At IGPA

URBANA – The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs has a new director. Robin Fretwell Wilson begins her new role leading the U of I system’s public policy research institute in a designate capacity on Feb. 16, and the Board of Trustees will vote on her appointment at its March 12th meeting.

Lack Of Access, Long Waitlists: Education In Illinois Prisons

When Ralph Gray transferred from one prison in Illinois to another, he didn’t know the move would mean sacrificing access to an education.  Gray guessed he was 16 credits shy of receiving an associates degree from Lake Land College, a community college that offers classes in several prisons in Illinois, when he left Western Illinois […]

NIU Dropping Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admissions

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

DEKALB — Northern Illinois University announced Wednesday it will eliminate the use of standardized tests in undergraduate admissions and merit scholarship decisions next year. Any high school graduate who applies to NIU with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above will be guaranteed admission to the university in DeKalb. In a statement, NIU President Lisa […]

Communities Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday

Martin Luther King bust, Danville

DANVILLE – On Monday, two Central Illinois communities are planning tributes to the life and mission of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The civil rights icon led non-violent protests against racial segregation, poverty and war during the 1950’s and 60’s. Had he not been assassinated in 1968, King would have turned 91-years-old in 2020. Mary Thompson […]