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24 year old Ashley Chemere Gibson of Champaign.
Champaign Police Department
News Local/State

Six Charged In Connection With Death Of Ashley Gibson

Champaign police say six men have been charged with one felony count each of dismembering a human body. Gibson's family said yesterday they knew who was responsible. 

Juan Felipe Herrera
Photo by Carlos Puma/UC Riverside
The 21st Show

The 21st: U.S. Poet Laureate, & A Beautiful Planet in IMAX

On the next 21st: We'll be speaking with Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate of the United States. Plus, we'll talk with one of the scientists about his role in the new 3D space documentary.

Foellinger Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(JanetandPhil/flickr)
News Local/State

UI Urbana Non-Tenured Faculty Hold 2nd Strike As Bargaining Continues

Non-tenure track faculty have launched another strike at the University of Illinois Urbana campus, that could last up to five days. Meanwhile, federally mediated contract talks with the university administration were scheduled to resume Thursday morning.

Muslim women ride the subway
Penguin Press
Longer Listen

‘Excellent Daughters’ Throughout The Middle East Are Transforming Life In Their Countries

Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."

Family and friends of Ashley Gibson, who died last week, address the media in Champaign Wednesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
News Local/State

Gibson’s Mother: ‘She Was Full Of Life.’

The family of Ashley Gibson has spoken for the first time since authorities reported the death of the 24-year old from Urbana, whose remains were discovered in Clinton Lake on Sunday.  Her mother, Ranae, says her daughter had dreams of leaving the area and joining the military, and never met a stranger. 

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, for his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
News Local/State

Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

A federal judge has sentened former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case.  Judge Thomas Durkin described the former high school wrestling coach as a "serial child molester." 

Will Kyles
(Sean Powers/WILL)
News Local/State

Champaign Council Approves Formation Of Panel To Study Citizen Police Review Board

The Champaign City Council has given its police department the go-ahead to convene a working group to study the idea of forming a citizen police review board.

One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator
Courtesy of Skot
Longer Listen

The Story Behind An Early Electronic Music Instrument Developed in Champaign-Urbana

Computer synthesizers have likely become a staple of your daily life – Siri, digital music, YouTube and more – but do you know where they come from? One of the earliest synthesizer structures was invented in the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Lab in the early 1960s as part of one of the first computer instruments – The Harmonic Tone Generator.

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