Our Drew Wilder had the chance to sit down with the organizers of the freedom celebration and talk about the festivities that will take place on July 4th.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- People in the UI community are remembering a graduate student who died while studying abroad in Brazil.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A former UI band director pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars worth of instruments from the department.
U of I -- Campus is one step closer to being smoke-free.
CHAMPAIGN -- Students are spreading Christmas cheer throughout the world over the telephone.
Latest: 10:01 pm, 10/28/13, Monday UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- UI's homecoming game had two unhappy endings.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Since the semester began, police say there have been four calls from the Illini Union Bookstore about stolen books.
CHAMPAIGN -- Champaign and University of Illinois police were at Texas Roadhouse Friday morning, but they weren't there to fight crime.
CHAMPAIGN -- Kids at the Indian Acres Swim Club spent the morning rounding up fun.
URBANA -- The University of Illinois president will serve for another year.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Demolition is underway on a university dormitory.
CHAMPAIGN -- University police are investigating two cases of armed robbery from the weekend.
CHAMPAIGN -- The University of Illinois Research Park could expand this fall.
URBANA -- Police say a man has been writing threats on UI walls and employees are shocked to find out it was a former coworker all along.
CHAMPAIGN -- A UI student is making history.
Latest: 4:39 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- It's official. Assembly Hall will be renamed "The State Farm Center."
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Vet students are treating some special cats.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- New research done on campus could help treat cancer patients.
URBANA -- Service dogs spend their lives helping people in need, and University of Illinois veterinarians are making sure they get some help in the dental department.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A student is sharing her graduation spotlight with her best friend.
URBANA -- UI students started a new chapter Sunday, but something was missing.
CHAMPAIGN -- Students are packing up and shipping out.
CHAMPAIGN -- A piece of history is floating back to the UI.
URBANA -- The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 00th anniversary by sharing stories of hope.
SPRINGFIELD -- Public college campuses could soon be added to the list of places you can't smoke.
ILLINOIS -- The state will invest over $1 million to renovate the Education Building at the University of Illinois.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is teaming up with UI to change the way we get around.
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- UI students and staff will be able to light up for the rest of the year.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The Illinois baseball team is gearing up to honor veterans this weekend.
URBANA -- People on campus bared it all on their bikes for a good cause.
URBANA -- Just a few dozen volunteers helped feed hundreds of hungry families Monday night.
BOSTON -- A UI professor reacts to the marathon explosions through email.
CHAMPAIGN -- New technology at the UI is being called an "industrial revolution."
CHAMPAIGN -- It was a big year for women in the military and today dozens got together to celebrate.
CHAMPAIGN -- A UI student raised thousands of dollars in honor of her mother.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Building and food service workers are going back to work with a new contract.
URBANA -- He's a man who made a real impression on the film industry but here people are remembering the impact Roger Ebert had in his own hometown.
CHAMPAIGN -- College basketball teams aren't the only ones battling through brackets this March.
CHAMPAIGN -- Two construction projects will soon crowd a campustown intersection, and it's giving business owner's flashbacks of roadwork they'll never forget.
CHAMPAIGN -- Who touched the ball first?
CHAMPAIGN -- The UI is recognized as one of the best when it comes to accommodating people with disabilities and a new dorm is proof.
CHAMPAIGN -- If college basketball doesn't spark your interest, don't throw out that bracket just yet.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Students still support the chief.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Illini men's basketball team hopes to make it to the Final Four later this month, but another UI team already has.
CHAMPAIGN-- The Champaign County Freedom Celebration has a new home.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- An alumni hopes to go to space but needs your help first.
URBANA -- Hundreds of UI workers are deciding whether or not accept a new contract.
URBANA -- Hundreds of students gathered on the Main Quad at the UI to make a viral video of their take on the popular "Harlem Shake."
CHAMPAIGN -- People at the UI have a message for people in Champaign-Urbana: stay out.
CHAMPAIGN -- A UI study shows a bad diet could cause a lot more than a big waist line.
CHAMPAIGN -- Police and the UI are working together to spread a message: stay safe during Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.
CHAMPAIGN -- Saturday is Chinese New Year and people who aren't sure how to celebrate are getting a lesson from the library.
CHAMPAIGN -- People from all over the U.S. visited this weekend to check out some aerodynamic acrobatics.
URBANA -- The university police captain said it's a two-man crew. They started their new assignments a couple weeks ago.
URBANA -- Something Governor Quinn mentioned in Wednesday's State of the State speech is the new Illinois Manufacturing Laboratory.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI is being recognized for its service to the Peace Corps.
URBANA -- A drug bust on campus puts five people behind bars.
CHAMPAIGN -- A new UI dorm will honor the legacy of a graduate who broke racial boundaries.
URBANA -- Born and raised in Central Illinois, he's a hero that's come back from touring around the world to protect and serve his hometown.
URBANA -- A University of Illinois research team got a big push to help develop technology many of us use everyday. It can be used to improve cell phones, computers, cameras and so much more.
CHAMPAIGN -- The University of Illinois is partnering with a familiar name in stock trading: the Dow Chemical Company.
CHAMPAIGN -- Fees for going to the University of Illinois will likely go up for this upcoming school year. Tuition rates may increase as well. Tuition rates have gone up for the past 19 years straight.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The state's auditor general released the latest report about the University of Illinois finances. University representatives said they're happy with it.
CHAMPAIGN -- University of Illinois leaders have plans to expand in the future. Chancellor Phyllis Wise spoke with realtors at the I Hotel on Thursday afternoon. She said the university is looking to add 150-200 faculty members in the next year.
CHAMPAIGN -- Campus town usually is more like a ghost town this time of year.
CHAMPAIGN -- A U of I student is getting closer to his goal.
CHAMPAIGN -- A U of I professor is joining millions. All in a fight to prevent violence.
U OF I -- Police see an increase in crime. And a man stealing cash is among the latest cases.
Latest: 5:55 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- UI students were shocked a fire struck so close to home, but it's even more unnerving when police say what caused the fire.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- It took more than seven months, but the "back and forth" battle for a new contract is finally over.
Update: 8:03 pm, 11/18/12, Sunday
CHAMPAIGN -- Some students are shaken up after a pair of armed robberies near the University of Illinois campus.
CHAMPAIGN -- Thousands came out to support the orange plus the red, white and blue Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN -- Illini fans are doing their part to make the new basketball coach feel at home.
CHAMPAIGN -- Soon the UI will get some of its energy from a solar farm.
URBANA -- Runners pounded the pavement in support of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
CHAMPAIGN -- If you were anywhere near Memorial Stadium Saturday, you were surrounded by orange and blue.
CHAMPAIGN -- UI students spent the day testing a new system to help you avoid traffic.
CHAMPAIGN -- A national scandal is changing the UI's policy on sexual abuse.
CHAMPAIGN -- Dozens of families had a picnic with elephants Friday for a great cause.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- 24 college tennis teams are competing here.
Update: 4:42 pm, 10/15/12, Monday
CHAMPAIGN -- People around the state are remembering a UI student killed in a hit-and-run accident this weekend.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Months of negotiations going nowhere could cause UI staff to strike.
URBANA -- Some future veterinarians learned lessons about how to take care of animals.
CHAMPAIGN -- Students hold panels to discuss issues which could affect them at the polls.
CHAMPAIGN -- A UI institute is making a major comeback.
Volunteers are out helping new students make U of I their home.
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- You have a chance to show off your Illini pride by painting the state orange.
CHAMPAIGN -- The University of Illinois Police Training Institute will stay open.
CHAMPAIGN -- The heatwave has the UI asking students to cut back.
CHAMPAIGN -- Mary-Ellen O'Shaugnessey has worked at the UI for more than 30 years.
URBANA -- Some UI students are biking across the country for a good cause.
Teaching lab specialist and R.E.A.C.T. Program Director, from UI, Jesse Miller is here for today's Chemist Corner.
Teaching lab specialist and R.E.A.C.T. Program Director, from UI, Jesse Miller is here for today's Chemist Corner.
URBANA -- A shelf collapse is what caused a chemical spill and injured a person at the Institute for Genomic Biology Monday night.
UI-- The University of Illinois has a chance to host the filming of a commercial for ESPN. And your votes can make it happen.
A UI student had a gruesome accident along some train tracks this morning.
U of I students are launching their science-fiction idols into the final frontier.
CHAMPAIGN--The U of I Research Park will take on a huge expansion project. The plan will extend South Fourth Street to Windsor Road.
U OF I-- The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the winner of the 2012 football season "Loyal-Tee" Shirt Slogan Contest.
U of I students say their week of celebration has been covered over by hate.
URBANA -- People are still without furniture and clothes after a fire ripped through an apartment complex on Wednesday. The U of I Tenant Union said this is prime example why tenants should get renters insurance.
URBANA-- It was a bitter sweet day for a group of graduates. They may be the last graduating class from the U of I's Police Training Institute.
University of Illinois students representing The College of ACES share their perspective on campus changes.
URBANA-- Illini fans have a chance to show their "Loyal-Tee". The school's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is holding a contest for fans to help design a t-shirt for the 2012 Illinois football season.
URBANA-- The U of I has narrowed candidates for the Provost/Vice Chancellor for academic affairs position down to three. All three will participate in public forums on the U of I campus starting next week.
U OF I--The crowds are smaller and the party is quieter than years past. Unofficial St. Patrick's Day was more tame this year.
U of I-- Read Chairman Kennedy's letter supporting President Hogan.
U OF I-- The Board of Trustees is standing behind President Hogan.
A faculty group is fighting for their voice to be heard on big campus issues.
Some Champaign students will be seeing their hard work take center stage.
Several U of I students, parents, and alumni in the Jewish community are outraged.
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA-- The University of North Dakota has decided to reinstate its "Fighting Sioux" nickname. Now one State Representative thinks the U of I should follow suit.
An ex-University of Illinois President finds himself with a new job.
URBANA-- The U of I President's former Chief of Staff has accepted a faculty position with the Department of Psychology. This comes after Lisa Troyer stepped down from her position last month.
Today is the 200th anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes.
The quakes are some of the largest to ever shake the United States.
Three men, including one U of I student, were arrested after police found drugs in their apartment.