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ILLINI LIVE: Illinois freshman Samba Kane gets early minutes against UNLV
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois looks to snap a three-game losing streak against UNLV at the State Farm Center in Champaign. The game is on the Big Ten Network. Tipoff is 1 p.m. If you missed a preview of the game, catch up before it starts here.
Normal West girls back on the court after deadly bus crash
The Normal West girls junior varsity team has been through a tough week. Wednesday night on the way home from a game in Champaign, the team bus was hit head on by a semi truck traveling the wrong way on I-74 just outside of Downs. The crash took two lives including the truck driver, and left two oth
Wanted suspects identified in Champaign shooting
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Three wanted suspects have been identified in a shooting on Hickory St. that left a woman with life-threatening injuries. Police were called to the 700 block of N. Hickory St. Nov. 18 just before 2 a.m. for reports of gunfire.
A win is a win
CHAMPAIGN — When a team has only won twice in its first nine games, no one is going to quibble over how they get that third win to snap a three-game losing skid. Illinois coach Brad Underwood described Saturday’s 77-74 triumph in golf terms.
Illinois basketball snaps skid with win over UNLV
CHAMPAIGN — Samba Kane and Cheikh Mbacke Diong used to dream about this moment, to come to the United States and play college basketball. The two went to Florida Prep Academy together after leaving Dakar, Senegal. Diong ended up at UNLV, where he's now a sophomore starter. Kane has been battling for
Getting Personal: Kirk Builta
Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Kirk Builta of Mahomet, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 2007 with a degree in agricultural education and is now executive director of the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.
Parkland Students Struggle with Homelessness
The holidays are coming up. It’s a time for sharing, caring, and staying warm. This can be a very uplifting time of year for most. Though for some people, these can be very difficult times, especially for those without housing security. It is no secret that in Champaign we have a growing number of h
$1/2 M bond for 3 shooting suspects
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Police are looking for three men in connection to a shooting last month which sent a woman to the hospital with serious injuries. The shooting happened about 1:45 am, Sunday, November 18, in the 700-block of North Hickory Street.
Did you know Hendrick House provides Meals on Wheels?
We're all familiar with Meals on Wheels right? It's a service many communities have, where volunteers bring hot meals to people who are unable to leave their homes due to mental or physical challenges. Family Service of Champaign County provides this for residents of Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy. Pa
Urbana School Board Removes Owen, 2 Other Administrators
The Urbana School Board, without discussion, voted Tuesday night to bring in former district superintendent Preston Williams to manage District 116 for the rest of the school year, replacing Don Owen.
Training to reduce gun violence
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- One group is looking to reduce gun violence the area. Champaign-Urbana Area Project is holding a two-day training session for those interested in becoming "Peace Seekers." This training is mandatory and will cover topics like shooting response protocol and higher level conf
Illinois survives against UNLV, 77-74
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — There’s the first big win of the day. Now, it’s your turn volleyball. The Illini were able to hang on to defeat UNLV, 77-74, and snap their 3-game losing streak. The win came in front of a sparse crowd at the State Farm Center on Saturday afternoon, but that’s because over 4,000 Il
Trial for man accused of killing Chinese scholar moved to Peoria
URBANA (AP) — A federal judge has moved the trial of a man charged in the 2017 slaying of a University of Illinois scholar from China from Urbana to Peoria. The News Gazette reports Peoria-based U.S. District Judge James Shadid this week approved a request from attorneys for Brendt Christensen to mo
'Holiday House of Horror' coming to Rantoul
RANTOUL, ILL. (WCCU) — A holiday house of horror opens in Rantoul Saturday. ‘Santa Claws’ and his evil elves are coming to Baldwin Asylum, one of the scariest haunts in Illinois.
Sweeping changes to Urbana schools leaves parents confused
URBANA, Ill. (WCCU) — More sweeping changes are happening to an already unsettled Urbana School District. Most recently, Superintendent Don Owen and Assistant Superintendent Kathy Barbour were voted out and placed on administrative leave immediately.
People infested with bugs force courtroom cleaning
URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – Bugs seen on people in a courtroom forced Champaign County leaders to fumigate the area. The News-Gazette reports it happened Tuesday afternoon in Courtroom L, which is located on the first floor of the building, when a person sitting behind a man and his sister made an audible
16 Champaign County eateries fail health inspections
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - 16 different eateries across Champaign County have failed health inspections and been forced to temporarily close between May 1 and Oct. 31. The News Gazette reports violations ranged from chicken blood dripping down the inside of refrigerators, moldy ice machines, fo
Ousted Urbana Superintendent releases statement
URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - Dr. Donald Owen is speaking out after the Urbana School District 116 voted to place him on administrative leave. Owen will be on paid leave until the end of his contract, which expires June 30, 2019.
Two Die In Normal West Bus Crash On I-74
Two people died and two others received serious injuries Wednesday night when a semitrailer truck on Interstate 74 crashed head-on into a school bus carrying eight Normal West girls basketball players back from a game in Champaign. None of the students were critically injured.
4 suspects in armed home invasion at large
URBANA, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — Officials with the Urbana Police Department say they are searching for four suspects involved in an incident over the weekend. Urbana police say four men entered an occupied apartment in the 1300 block of North Lincoln Avenue.