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Coronavirus upends high school seniors' college decisions

Mar. 31, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has made the nerve-wracking experience of picking a college all the more difficult for Illinois’ high school students as campus visits are canceled and admission deadlines get pushed back amid the school shutdown over COVID-19 concerns. Colleges typically...

Illinois man charged in killings of girlfriend, her daughter

Mar. 30, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An eastern Illinois man was charged Monday with murder for allegedly fatally shooting his live-in girlfriend and her adult daughter over the weekend, a prosecutor said. Jonathon Perry, 28, was arraigned Monday afternoon after being charged with two counts of first-degree murder for both...

Judge strikes down $20,000 fine against defunct bus service

Mar. 21, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a defunct Champaign bus company won’t have to pay a $20,000 fine to the Illinois attorney general because of a technicality, but she also sent a warning to the company's owner. The fine would have been in addition to the $100,000 that Suburban Express...

Illinois colleges suspend in-person classes due to COVID-19

Mar. 12, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials of Illinois, Southern Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern and Illinois State universities announced Wednesday the suspension of in-person classes due to coronavirus concerns. The schools joined colleges and universities nationwide that have announced a halt to face-to-face instruction...

Illinois' Andres Feliz celebrates a victory over Iowa in an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Dosunmu, No. 23 Illinois hold off No. 18 Iowa 78-76

Mar. 8, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The rivalry between Illinois and Iowa is heating up. “Basically, they want to kill us, and we want to kill them,” the Illini's Ayo Dosunmu said. Dosunmu scored 17 points to lead No. 23 Illinois past No. 18 Iowa 78-76 on Sunday, securing the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten...

Nobel-winning physics professor donates papers to Illinois

Mar. 8, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Nobel Prize-winning physics professor donated papers from more than 50 years of work to the University of Illinois Archives, the university announced this week. Anthony Leggett was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to the theory of superconductors and...

University of Illinois VP to lead University of Wyoming

Mar. 4, 2020 1:50 PM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming trustees have chosen a University of Illinois System vice president to be the school's next president. Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to offer a contract to Edward Seidel, vice president for economic development and innovation for the system of universities...

Illinois head coach Brad Underwood talks to his team as they take on Indiana in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Illinois rewards Underwood with 3-year contract extension

Mar. 2, 2020 3:40 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season with a three-year contract extension through 2026, the school announced Monday. The move comes with the Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood's third season. They...

Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu (11) goes up to shoot as Indiana's Race Thompson (25) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Dosunmu scores 17 Illini hold off Hoosiers 67-66

Mar. 1, 2020 5:51 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu is becoming legendary at Illinois for his hustle, talent and an intangible yet reliable ability to take over a game and win it in the final seconds. On Sunday, the sophomore guard (and possibly NBA hopeful either this year or next) added another chapter, scoring a...

Washington Post wins 'Grand Slam' honors at APSE contest

Feb. 20, 2020 3:39 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Post is the lone media group to earn Grand Slam honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors’ writing and sections contest that wrapped up this week in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Post, competing in the A Division (83,000 and over circulation), placed...