In the tradition of 18th-century newspapers like Samuel Johnson’s The Rambler, or more contemporary efforts like I.F. Stone’s Weekly, Charlie Meyerson’s Chicago Public Square, a daily newsletter containing short capsules of the day’s top stories, is a one-man show. In full disclosure, I’ve known Meyerson personally since the late 1980s. Meyerson started putting out the […]
Chicago rapper Ausar Bradley struck me as a whip-smart lyricist with impressive mike skills when he was still studying at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign—he was two years shy of his undergraduate degree when he dropped the excellent 2017 mixtape The 6 Page Letter. This year Ausar, who records and performs under his first name, […]
The new Scale is billed to composer and improvising harpist Zeena Parkins and Chicago sound artist and radio producer Jeff Kolar, but its story involves a larger group of collaborators. In 2017, University of Illinois professor Jennifer Monson (who’s also a choreographer and dancer) commissioned Parkins and Kolar to work with her, dancer Mauriah Kraker, […]
In fall 2018, user-generated Internet in-joke database Know Your Meme added a page about second-wave emo legends American Football. Funny riffs on the band’s 1999 self-titled debut album and its scene-famous cover art—a green-hued off-center image of the Urbana house where photographer Chris Strong lived at the time—have pervaded Internet emo and indie-rock circles at […]
One day after our reporting, the department’s inspector general said it wants to close financial aid loopholes.
Also, Chicago is one of Amazon’s 20 finalists for its second North American headquarters.
For more than 100 years, Britt, Iowa, has feted the nation’s traveling workers during the Hobo Days festival.
Should UNC be stripped of its championships, it would be nice if its previous national titles were passed to the teams it beat—including the University of Illinois.
Also, Democrat Chris Kennedy is considering throwing his hat into the ring for the governor’s race.
Also, a “Resign Rahm” sign pops up in D.C., and a former DePaul student turned indie music publicist is accused of sexual harassment.
Vincent Gaughan posed a public danger one morning when he was 28. But the police response was far different from Jason Van Dyke’s.
The $875,000 settlement agreement with Professor Steven Salaita will end his lawsuits against the university—but will not provide him with a job.
Princeton Review names Illinois the top party school.
The University of Illinois’s stand on controversial hire Steven Salaita earns it an AAUP censure and a losing day in court.
The University of Illinois says its decision to dump controversial professor Steven Salaita is final.