Roger Ebert. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

De Niro’s “A Bronx Tale,” Godard’s “Goodbye To Language” Featuring At Ebertfest

Roger Ebert’s film festival will open this year with screenings of filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language 3D” and actor turned director Robert De Niro’s “A Bronx Tale.”


Reginald James Scott (left) and Daniel Gonzalez (right) are accused of killing University of Illinois student Vicente Mundo during a planned robbery. (Credit: Champaign County Sheriff)

Two Charged With Killing U Of I Student From Chicago

Vicente Mundo, 20, a resident of the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago, was a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He had been missing for a week when his body was discovered on Jan. 31.


Vicente Mundo (photo provided)

U Of I Student’s Body Identified; Sheriff Says It’s Murder

Vicente Mundo, 20, who is originally from Chicago, was last seen Jan. 25 at a friend’s apartment, his family has said.


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Champaign Theater Cancels Two Bill Cosby Shows

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports Friday that Champaign Park District Executive Director Joe DeLuce said canceling the shows was a difficult decision. DeLuce says the district made the decision because the Cosby scandal “keeps on growing.” Ticket holders will receive full refunds.


Illinois coach John Groce. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisch: Groce, Illini Still Just Missing On Big-Time Recruits

With his latest recruiting miss, John Groce needs to sharpen his sights.

CBS Chicago–10/22/2014

Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: NIU Primed To Break Through In A B1G Way

Since 1998, NIU has a .610 winning percentage, far better than that of Illinois or Northwestern.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2014

Dick Butkus. (Skip Bolen/Getty Images Fox Cable Network)

Wisch: It’s Time The Illini Erect Statues Honoring Butkus, Halas

It’s time to honor the past and further connect Chicago to Champaign.

CBS Chicago–08/26/2014

State Farm Center. (Getty Images)

Wisch: Bring The IHSA Basketball Tourney Back Home

Bidding’s open, and there’s an aura about holding it at the state’s flagship university.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2014

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany. (Getty Images)

Wisch: Big Ten Must Remember Roots While Branching Out East

If you add schools out East, you need to embrace the region. And the Big Ten has already.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2014

Aaron Bailey. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Football To Play Home-And-Home Series With UConn in 2019-’20

The Illini now have notable nonconference foes scheduled out through 2024.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2014

Southern Illinois University Salukis logo

SIU Basketball Team Stranded On Bus On I-57

About 6:30 p.m., the team was headed back to Carbondale after finishing their game against the Illinois State University Redbirds in Normal, when the driver of the team bus pulled over on Interstate 57 due to poor visibility


Nicholas Hurley and Cleo Younce. (Credit: Champaign Police

AMBER Alert Canceled For Missing Teen From Champaign

Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a missing teenage girl from Champaign.


Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Il. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Champaign The ‘Worst Town’ In The Big Ten? I Say No

I was offended on Thursday.

670 The Score–08/23/2013

Lil Reese

Rapper Lil Reese Arrested On Downstate Warrant For Videotaped 2012 Beating

Champaign police identified Chicago rapper and Chief Keef pal Lil Reese as the alleged attacker in the 2012 videotaped beating of a Downstate woman, leading to his arrest Sunday in Chicago.


Film Critic Roger Ebert receives a special award of recognition at the American Society of Cinematographers 17th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel on February 16, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ebertfest Will Go On Without Its Namesake

The show will go on. Next Wednesday, the 17th annual Ebertfest begins in Champaign at the Virginia Theatre, home to the film festival for 15 years.

WBBM Newsradio–04/09/2013

Illinois Athletes Advance Or Fall Short At London Olympics

Evan Jager earned a spot in the Men’s Steeplechase Finals after finishing second in the Track & Field qualifying heat on Friday.


Tyler McGill of the United States looks for his time after finishing second in the Men's 100m Butterfly heat 4 on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/ Getty Images)

Illinois Swimmer Experiences Agony Of Defeat At Olympics

Tyler McGill of Champaign finished 7th in final of the Men’s 100 Meter Butterfly on Friday, a showing that brought an abrupt end to his first Summer Games.


Police collected more than 5,500 guns during a turn-in program across Chicago on Saturday. (CBS)

Gun Rights Group Participates In Chicago Gun Turn-In, Uses Money For Shooting Camp

A downstate gun rights group turned dozens of firearms for the city’s gun turn-in program last month, and used the $6,000 in proceeds to send a group of young shooters to a camp hosted by the National Rifle Association.

CBS Chicago–07/02/2012

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Wisch: Can Illinois ‘Conquer’ Chicago? Mike Thomas Is Going To Try

Last August, Mike Thomas managed to throw down a gauntlet in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2012

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Man Charged With Stabbing U Of I Faculty Member In Hate Crime

A 23-year-old downstate man appears before a judge in Champaign for a bond hearing Thursday, one day after he allegedly stabbed a University of Illinois College of Law faculty member in the neck.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011