Flyer promoting last week's meeting for residents in Champaign's 5th and Hill neighborhoods.
(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media)
October 24, 2016

US EPA Encouraged By Meeting For Champaign’s 5th & Hill Residents

The agency says about 30 residents attended a public meeting last week for those living in the 5th and Hill area – near the site now owned by Ameren that once held a manufactured gas plant. At least 10 homes in the neighborhood will be tested for toxic vapors early next year, but On-Scene Coordinator Andy Maguire hopes to sign up more in the next few weeks. 

Chicago Cubs fans celebrate outside Wrigley Field after the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of baseball's National League Championship Series, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs advanced to the World Series.
Matt Marton/Assocated Press
October 23, 2016

Cub Fans Celebrate End of World Series Drought

Chicago Cubs fans are waking up to a new reality: Their team is headed to the World Series for the first time in 71 years. Many still-stunned fans took to social media Sunday morning to ask if they'd been dreaming and to catch up on the posts from famous Cubs fans. Those posting to social media after the pennant-clinching 5-0 win Saturday over the LA Dodgers included first lady Michelle Obama, actor Bob Newhart, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Cubs players celebrating after winning the 2016 National League pennant.
David J. Phillip/AP
October 23, 2016

Chicago Cubs Beat Los Angeles Dodgers To Enter World Series For First Time Since 1945

Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.  Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

AT&T Sign
Mike Mozart / Flickr
October 22, 2016

AT&T Buys Time Warner For More Than $85 Billion

AT&T has officially agreed to terms with Time Warner to buy the media giant for $85.4 billion. On Saturday evening, AT&T announced the deal, which was approved by the boards of both companies earlier in the day.

The patient service desk at Nu Med, a medical marijuana dispensary that opens next week in Urbana.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
October 21, 2016

Urbana Medical Marijuana Facility Opens Next Week

The second medical marijuana dispensary to open in Champaign County will see its first customers next week. Nu Med is locating at 105 East University in Urbana, the site of a former Blockbuster Video location. It joins Champaign-based Phoenix Botanical as the two dispensaries allowed by the state's pilot program in State Police District 10, which includes Champaign, Vermilion, and seven other Central Illinois counties.

DC Water General Manager and CEO George Hawkins
Provided by George Hawkins
October 21, 2016

Head Of DC Water Speaking About Cooperation

Drinking water has been part of the national conversation since the discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan’s water supply last year. That’s one reason the Prairie Rivers Network has invited George Hawkins to speak at their annual dinner Friday in Champaign. Hawkins is the General Manager and CEO of DC Water, one of the largest municipal water companies in the country.

Champaign County Circuit Clerk's Office
October 21, 2016

Expungement Summit To Help Champaign County Residents Remove Criminal Records From Public View

For the first time, Champaign County is holding a public meeting to help some people with criminal records remove those records from public access to help them move on with their lives.

Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman says those with old convictions, particularly juvenile records, have trouble getting a job, and have few financial resources. 

Advertisement of sale of enslaved person in the Illinois Reporter, Dec. 12, 1826.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Musucem
October 21, 2016

Illinois Issues:Slave State

Because Illinois is a northern state and the former home of Abraham Lincoln, it isn’t typically associated with slavery. But there was slavery in Illinois for more than 100 years.

Even after Illinois entered the Union, loopholes in its laws allowed the practice to continue, making the future Land of Lincoln a quasi-slave state. 

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