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    URBANA, Ill. (WLS) -- The first African American chancellor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has led the school during what might be the most difficult two years in its history, educating more than 53,000 full- and part-time students during a pandemic.Chancellor Robert Jones' own path to the state's flagship university was sometimes difficult. He was the son of a sharecropper who experienced racism while growing up in Georgia. Jones went on to become a crop scientist and earned a doctorate. He credits a number of people for putting him on the road to success, starting with his parents.WATCH: Our Chicago: U of I Chancellor Robert Jones Part 1EMBED More News Videos Chancellor Robert Jones' own path to the state's flagship university was sometimes difficult. "They were very, very committed that their children would have an education so that their lives could be better than the ones they had to live as sharecroppers," he said.RELATED: University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana officials investigating anti-Semitic flyersIn a downstate newspaper, he wrote about being Black in America. Jones said he never met his grandfather,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A center honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert will launch this year at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Programming at the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies is set to begin this fall and will focus on film analysis and study. That differs from other film programs which focus on making films. Ebert was an Urbana native and graduated from University of Illinois with a journalism degree in 1964. I am thrilled to announce that the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies will officially launch at the College of Media at the @UofIllinois this year, with programming to begin in Fall 2022. You can read all about it here: https://t.co/gEcw6xg52r pic.twitter.com/Q6sSh7shcT — Chaz (@ChazEbert) February 21, 2022
    An Illinois man is facing murder charges after a teen boy who lived around the corner was discovered beaten to death in a roadside ditch Friday, according to authorities. Steven Butler III, a 14-year-old from Champaign, Ill., was reported missing by his father on Thursday evening. According to the nonprofit Missing Person Awareness Network, the teen had left home at around 5 p.m. Thursday. Police said in a statement the father reported him missing about two and a half hours later. Daryl Vandyke has a criminal record stretching back to 1986. (Champaign County Correction Center) Police searched the neighborhood and took other investigative efforts to locate Steven without success. GEORGIA TEEN DEAD AFTER APPLEBEE'S FIGHT, WAS ‘ALL-AMERICAN’ WITH ‘HEART OF GOLD,' FAMILY SAYS At around 7 a.m. Friday, a pair of bicyclists found a body about 1.4 miles away, police said. Investigators determined it was Steven's. With help from the local sheriff’s department, police identified Daryl Vandyke, 55, as a person of interest and took him into custody by 11 a.m. Before securing a warrant for the murder...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– U.S. and state flags will fly at half staff at government facilities across Illinois, in honor of a Champaign police officer killed in the line of duty. The flag honors will last until sunset this evening for 44-year-old Officer Chris Oberheim. He was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance last Wednesday morning. Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim (Source: Champaign Police Department) Oberheim had been with the Champaign Police Department since 2008. He began his career with the Decatur Police Department.
    CHICAGO (CBS)– A Champaign police officer was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance Wednesday. According to the Champaign Police Department, officer Chris Oberheim, 44, was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance in the 2400 block of North Neil Street shortly before 3:30 a.m. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: New Cases And Hospitalizations Still Falling, But So Are Vaccinations As officers were getting out of their vehicles at the scene, they exchanged gunfire with an armed suspect. Oberheim and another officer were shot, and so was the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Oberheim was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and later died. The second officer’s condition was stabilized. READ MORE: Deal Reached To Create Database Of Chicago Police Officer Misconduct; Watchdog Calls Compromise A Significantly Smaller Step Than Original Plan Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim (Source: Champaign Police Department) “His only intention was to serve, protect and help provide care before he was senselessly fired upon and killed,” Champaign Chief of Police Anthony Cobb said in a statement. “A true professional and...
    A firework explodes by a police line as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Associated Press/Alex Brandon A man in Illinois pleaded guilty to inciting a riot in the name of Black Lives Matter in May 2020. Shamar Betts, 20, posted a Facebook invite for people to riot at the Market Place Shopping Center. Betts later admitted he fled the state and searched: "what are charges for starting a riot" online. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A man in Illinois pleaded guilty on Tuesday to his role in inciting a riot in Champaign, Illinois, according to the US Department of Justice. Shamar Betts, 20, was charged with inciting a riot that began on May 31, 2020. Court documents show Betts posted to Facebook on May 31 advocating to start a riot at the Market Place Shopping Center in the names of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. It called for people to "Bring friends & family, posters, bricks, book bags, etc."  A...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Rapid COVID-19 testing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is not really living up to its name. Instead of the promised hours for students and staff to get results, they are facing days. CBS 2 gave you an exclusive look at the one of a kind saliva test last week. Everyone is expected to get tested by spitting into a collection vial twice a week. Staff members say the demand is out pacing the amount of time it takes to process the tests. “We are onboarding new robotics just this weekend and the early part of next week that will make our process in the lab even more efficient. The people in the lab have been putting in a heroic effort,” said Dr. Paul Hergenrother with University of Illinois at Urbana. The goal is to get results fast to quickly isolate people who test positive. So far the university has administered more than 150,000 tests.
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WLS) -- The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will require all who plan to be on campus this fall to be tested for the coronavirus twice a week, the university announced Monday.All faculty members, staff and students who participate in any on-campus activities will need to be tested, whether they are regularly or for a limited time or purpose on campus for the upcoming semester, Chancellor Robert Jones said in communication to the campus community.Those who visit university facilities only occasionally, including picking up an item from an office, will also be required to get tested at a campus testing center and have test results dated no more than four days before any planned visit to any university facility."We are privileged to be home to some of the world's leading minds on COVID-19 safety, testing and procedures," Jones said. "If everyone does their part to maximize the safety of our entire community, we have the ability to provide modified in-person delivery of our missions."RELATED: University of Illinois plans to reopen this fall for face-to-face classesIn addition to mandatory testing...
    The pandemic has prompted more Americans to consider moving to less populated areas and continuing to work from home and a new analysis from Business Insider found Illinois is well suited for post-pandemic refuge seekers. The business publication came up with the best places in the country to live in after the pandemic. The publication used nine economic, educational and demographic metrics for its ranking, including population density, housing affordability, commute times, and school spending per student. Springfield topped the list. Bloomington was fourth, Champaign was fifth, Peoria placed 28th, and Danville ranked 30th in the nation, according to the analysis. Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder said he was ecstatic with the designation. “The City of Springfield is proud of its designation as the No. 1 best city in the United States to live in after the coronavirus pandemic. Springfield is a resilient community, consistently meeting and rising from any challenges we face due to our strong local economy and our human capital," he said. "Our community is known to lift one another up during difficult times....
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