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Omnibus bill takes on state's Medicaid claim-denial rate

'There'll be a lot more reporting requirements, a lot more transparency on what's actually happening,' said state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, who sponsored the legislation.


Christensen to girlfriend after vigil: 'You're the only person I've ever told'

Terra Bullis testified Thursday that the June 29, 2017, campus vigil for Yingying Zhang was the first time that her then-boyfriend directly admitted killing the visiting University of Illinois scholar.

PEORIA — Brendt Christensen thought he could trust his ex-girlfriend.


LIVE: The trial of Brendt Christensen, Day 8

Yingying Zhang's mother 'is very, very sensitive, and even the sight of the defendant could lead to an emotional reaction,' said Steve Beckett, the family's lawyer in Urbana, on WDWS Friday morning.


Trail Blazers Rodeo 2019

The 65th Annual Piatt County Trail Blazers Rodeo in Monticello on Thursday, June 20, 2019.


A closer look at Urbana's newly approved $59.3 million budget

Dealing with a structural deficit and the large amount of one-time spending the city has to do, the city is focused currently on growing its economy.

URBANA — With budget season coming to a close and all bills now approved, Urbana's $59.3 million budget is the third to come with deep cuts and revenue increases.


Former UI professor becomes first Native American U.S. poet laureate

During her time at the UI from 2013-16, Joy Harjo was affiliated with the American Indian Studies program and taught a couple of writing courses through the English department.

The nation's 23rd poet laureate is an award-winning poet, musician and, for a four-year stretch earlier this decade, former University of Illinois faculty member.


Urbana to allow outside alcohol at Downtown Get Down

Mayor Diane Marlin, who doubles as Urbana's liquor commissioner, has designated parts of the downtown area as a Temporary Outdoor Refreshment Area from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday.

URBANA — Following recent changes to Champaign's rules for Friday Night Live, Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin announced that patrons will be permitted to to walk around with their drinks at this weekend's Downtown Get Down.


Sholem's main pool shut down Thursday

Officials hope mechanical issue is fixed so they can re-open it tomorrow.

The Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign experienced a mechanical issue in the main pool Wednesday night, causing the main pool to be closed Thursday.
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Area history, June 20, 2019

Today is Thursday, June 20, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1919, plans were made to provide assistance "to the disabled heroes of the Great War" in Champaign County.
In 1969, the new Urbana Civic Center received matching funds from the state of Illinois for its construction.
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This day in history, June 20, 2019

Today is Thursday, June 20, the 171st day of 2019. There are 194 days left in the year.
Today's highlight
On June 20, 1921, U.S. Rep. Alice Mary Robertson, R-Okla., became the first woman to preside over a session of the House of Representatives.
On this date
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