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Marvel Creative Director: We’re Going to Shock And Amaze

There is something about superhero stories that make them so universal and popular. Bill Roseman has a theory why. He is the creative director for Marvel, Marvel Games and Legendary comics. Roseman visited the University of Illinois campus last week and talked with us about that, the creation of Guardians of the Galaxy, what's in development at Marvel, and more.  One area that Marvel has been keeping in mind is diversity in their characters. Superhero stories have rarely been known for their strong female characters, and earlier this year, a fifth-grade girl from Champaign wrote to DC comics..."  [Read more]

Friday, March 27, 2015, 1:46am  |  will.illinois.edu
Missing check could damage veteran's financial future

CHAMPAIGN -- A disabled veteran's financial future could be damaged after a new car purchase went wrong.Paul Anderson is a disabled veteran who needs a car to get to doctor's appointments.He bought a new van a few months ago, but a payment went missing-- so the van was nearly repossessed. And all parties are still trying to find out what happened.Anderson can't live without his new ride."I wouldn't be able to get to my medical appointments, go grocery shopping, or anything else."There is no public transportation in Mahomet, so he bought his own at Champaign Chrysler. He paid for part of it with a cashier's check..."  [Read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 11:30pm  |  .illinoishomepage.net
Students give back for spring break

URBANA -- Many people are enjoying the freedom of spring break this week. That includes students at the University of Illinois. Some of them are still staying pretty busy. When you think about spring break, you want sunshine, good friends and a fun time. We caught up with a group that has all that. And they're also building a house. "It's good stress relief," said senior Alex Dowd. "Come out, pound some nails and get everything out of your system." When they're done, they'll have built a four-bedroom home. It's a project through Habitat for Humanity. "You can't build a house alone," said sophomore Ross Skelly...."  [Read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:46pm  |  .illinoishomepage.net
No DIU tickets from St. Patrick's Day

UPDATE: 4:54 pm, 3/26/15, ThursdayCHAMPAIGN -- Police didn't give a single DUI ticket on St. Patrick's day. Officers handed out 33 citations for other things. That includes 21 for seat belt ticket violations, 4 for not having insurance and 3 related to cell phones. Officers say they want to thank the community for making responsible decisions this year. Their initiative was part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Original: 10:12 pm, 3/17/15, TuesdayCHAMPAIGN -- Police officers aren't taking any chances on Saint Patrick's Day. They're working overtime and looking for drunk drivers. Special..."  [Read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 4:54pm  |  .illinoishomepage.net
IL Senate And Governor Approve Plan To Fix Budget Hole

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday signed a budget fix approved earlier in the day by the Illinois Senate, filling a $1.6 billion budget gap.  The deficit was the result of a spending plan Democrats passed in the spring; some had hoped then for a post-election tax increase that never came to fruition. Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) says this will fill that gap. "We clearly had a significant budget challenge we needed to get through for this fiscal year," she said.  "We knew it was an incomplete budget. This takes care of that, without adding any debt and without any new tax..."  [Read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2:55pm  |  will.illinois.edu
Rauner Signs Off On Plan To Fix Budget Hole

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday signed a budget fix approved earlier in the day by the Illinois Senate, filling a $1.6 billion budget gap.   The deficit was the result of a spending plan Democrats passed in the spring; some had hoped then for a post-election tax increase that never came to fruition. Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) says this will fill that gap. "We clearly had a significant budget challenge we needed to get through for this fiscal year," she said.  "We knew it was an incomplete budget. This takes care of that, without adding any debt and without any new tax..."  [Read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2:55pm  |  will.illinois.edu
Suburban Chicago Men Arrested In Islamic State Case

A member of the Illinois Army National Guard and another suburban Chicago man have been arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.   The U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago said in a statement Thursday that 22-year-old Hasan Edmonds and his cousin, 29-year-old Jonas Edmonds, were arrested Wednesday night.  It says Hasan Edmonds was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport while trying to fly to Egypt. The other suspect was arrested at his home.   The complaint says the men  planned an attack on a military facility in..."  [Read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2:38pm  |  will.illinois.edu
Illinois National Guardsman Accused Of Trying To Aid ISIS

A member of the Illinois Army National Guard and another suburban Chicago man have been arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.   The U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago said in a statement Thursday that 22-year-old Hasan Edmonds and his cousin, 29-year-old Jonas Edmonds, were arrested Wednesday night.  It says Hasan Edmonds was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport while trying to fly to Egypt. The other suspect was arrested at his home.   The complaint says the men planned an attack on a military facility in northern..."  [Read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2:38pm  |  will.illinois.edu
Schock Delivers Final Address To Congress

Aaron Schock says he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility. He is vowing to work "tirelessly'' to make amends to constituents and others he has let down. In a farewell speech Thursday, the Illinois Republican said his departure from Congress "is not the end of the story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter'' in his life.   Schock announced his resignation March 17 following a month-long cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of "Downton Abbey.'' His last day in office is Tuesday. He voted for the..."  [Read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2:30pm  |  will.illinois.edu
National Guardsman arrested for ISIS plot

CHICAGO -- A National Guardsman arrested for supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had allegedly planned an attack on a military post in Illinois, the Justice Department said Thursday.Army National Guard Spc. Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport Wednesday night while he was attempting to fly to Cairo, the department said in a statement.Members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Chicago also arrested Edmonds' cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, a member of the Illinois Army National Guard, at his home in Aurora, Illinois.Both men are U.S. citizens.The cousins..."  [Read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:40pm  |  .illinoishomepage.net
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