Brad Halbrook of Shelbyville, a former state legislator and Republican candidate for Illinois' 102nd House District.
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February 24, 2016

102nd District House Race Interviews: Brad Halbrook

Brad Halbrook is the only one of the three candidates vying to succeed Adam Brown in the 102nd House District with prior legislative experience.  The small business owner from Shelbyville won a 2012 primary, was appointed to the seat early, then won a term that fall, leaving office in January 2015.

Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush
Champaign Police Department
February 23, 2016

No Charges Against Champaign Officer Matt Rush

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz says she won’t be filing criminal charges against Champaign police officer Matt Rush. Rush has been the subject of four excessive force lawsuits – three of them, to date, resulting in settlements.

Illinois Supreme Court Building
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February 23, 2016

Illinois Makes Cameras-In-Court Policy Permanent

The Illinois Supreme Court has deemed a four-year pilot program allowing media coverage at certain trials a success and is making the policy permanent.  

The entrance to Camps 5 and 6 at Guantanamo Bay
Ben Fox/AP
February 23, 2016

Pentagon To Offer Plan For Closing Guantanamo Bay Prison

The Pentagon plans to send Congress a proposal on Tuesday for how the U.S. could close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It's not expected to go very far. Hear live coverage of President Obama's statement Tuesday at 9:30am on WILL-AM 580.

Randy Peterson (middle) debates fellow candidates Jim Acklin (left) and Brad Halbrook for Illinois' 102nd District House race at the Champaign City Building February 17.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 23, 2016

102nd District House Race Interviews: Randy Peterson

Peterson is one of three Republicans vying to succeed Adam Brown in Illinois' largely rural 102nd District House Race.  A farmer, construction firm manager, and Edgar County Republican Party chair, Peterson has Brown's endorsement in the March 15 primary.  No Democrats have filed to run for the seat.

Members of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education meet at the U of I's Alice Campbell Alumni Center.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 22, 2016

C-U Mayors, Business Leaders, Students Weigh In On Impasse

The Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education looks at the state's nearly 9-month budget impasse, and not only the impact on students, but the local economy.  Members who held a press conference Monday include mayors, those leading research efforts on the University of Illinois campus, and student leaders from the U of I and Parkland College.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on June 9, 2014
M. Spencer Green/Associated Press
February 22, 2016

Kirk ‘Looks Forward’ To Obama Nominating Scalia Replacement

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has broken with fellow Republicans, and says President Obama should nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  The Senator says he swore an oath to uphold the constitution, "not to a party or any one individual.''

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