U Of I Saliva Test Coming To Two Champaign-Urbana Schools, With Hopes To Expand

URBANA – OSF HealthCare announced a new partnership with the University of Illinois Tuesday that will expand the U of I’s saliva-based COVID-19 test into the broader Champaign-Urbana community. Starting next Friday, the saliva test will be available to students, teachers and staff at two schools in Champaign-Urbana: Stratton Academy of the Arts and Urbana […]

Illinois’ Cockburn Targeted In Racist Post After NCAA Loss

INDIANAPOLIS  — Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn is the second player to face racist comments on social media following a loss in the NCAA Tournament. Cockburn shared on Instagram a social media post directed at him after the top-seeded Illini lost to No. 8 Loyola Chicago on Sunday. Cockburn was born in Jamaica. He posted […]

U Of I COVID-19 Test Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization

URBANA – The University of Illinois’ COVID-19 testing process has received Emergency Use Authorization from the federal Food and Drug Administration.   Authorization was granted in a February 24 letter to the university from FDA Chief Scientist, Rear Admiral Denise M. Hinton.  Ben Taylor, spokesman for Shield Illinois, the U of I’s program for marketing […]

Snowplow Crews Labor To Clear Snow From C-U Streets

URBANA – Local governments in the Champaign-Urbana area all have crews out, working to clear streets of the snow that fell on central Illinois Monday and Monday night. Public Works staff with both Champaign and Urbana began work on keeping the roads clear on Sunday night, during the first wave of snowfall.  Crews give priority […]

Lipid Molecules Target Pain Pathways In Mouse Neurons, U Of I Study Shows

URBANA – Because opioid pain medications can be so addictive, there’s an urgent need for scientists to develop alternatives for treating pain. One of the researchers looking into this issue is Aditi Das, associate professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Das studies how the body handles lipids — a class of […]

U Of I: Fewer COVID-19 Cases Compared To The Fall, But Officials Advise Vigilance

URBANA – Within three weeks of having tens of thousands of students return to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the spring semester, the campus had identified more than 450 cases of COVID-19.  This is fewer than half the number of cases identified by the same time last fall — and lower than U of […]

Cline Center Designates Capitol Violence As ‘Attempted Coup’

URBANA — The violence at the US Capitol on January 6th was an attempted coup d’état. That’s the conclusion of The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Illinois. The Cline Center has been curating data on coups and attempted coups since 2013. Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline spoke with The Cline Center’s […]

A Debate Over Defunding The Campus Police Takes Root At The University Of Illinois

This is the first of a two-part digital story series. The second story publishes on Illinois Newsroom tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. URBANA – Surrounded by dozens of people wearing face masks, carrying pots, pans and handmade protest signs, William Burke stepped up to a microphone outside the University of Illinois Police Department on the […]

U Of I Admins Urge Students To Stay Vigilant As They Return To Campus

URBANA – As University of Illinois students return to the Urbana campus this month, administrators urge them to remain vigilant as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.  Campus leaders said during a virtual COVID-19 briefing yesterday that many of the same precautions that were enacted in the fall semester will remain in place during the spring, […]

December Flash Index Shows Slow, Steady Recovery For Illinois Economy

URBANA – The Illinois economy continued its slow recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in December, according to the University of Illinois Flash Index. The monthly report measured the state’s economy at 95.9 in December, up from 95.6 in October and November. The number shows an improvement in the state economy since the Flash Index dropped […]

Bielema Introduced As New U Of I Football Coach

CHAMPAIGN — Two days after hiring Bret Bielema as new head football coach, the University of Illinois introduced him at a virtual news conference Monday afternoon. Listen to Bret Bielema’s introductory news conference here. Bielema says one of his top priorities will be keeping the top high school football players in the state from going […]