Still from police dashcam video of Benjamin Mann being led away by Champaign officers after altercation on March 16, 2014.
Champaign Police Department
December 15, 2015

Champaign City Council To Vote On $225K Settlement

Champaign City Council members will be voting on the settlement of an excessive-force lawsuit involving the same Champaign police officer, Officer Matt Rush, for the second time in three weeks.


Portrait of Julie Turnock
University of Illinois
December 15, 2015

‘Star Wars’ Franchise Continues To Drive Movie Special Effects

One of the many ways Star Wars has changed the movie industry since the first movie came out in 1977 is through special effects.  Much of the industry standard in special effects even today has its roots in the original Star Wars trilogy of the late 1970’s and early 80’s.  That’s according to Julie Turnock, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois Urbana campus.  She spoke with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline this week.


Measels Mumps Rubella vaccine
(Sci Tech Daily)
December 14, 2015

Mumps Cases Increase Back Up In C-U This Month

The mumps outbreak in Champaign-Urbana had decreased from over 100 last summer to just eight cases in November.  But in December, the total has climbed back to 24.  A expert with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District can't point to one reason for that increase.  


Courtesy of Masterpiece
December 14, 2015

Downton Abbey Historical Adviser Alastair Bruce On Filming, Manners Special

The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece’s smash hit about the Crawley family and their servants call Historical Advisor Alistair Bruce “The Oracle” because he knows everything about the customs and protocols of the time period. Bruce is in town to share some of that knowledge and secrets about filming the show at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts tonight.


Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush
Champaign Police Department
December 11, 2015

Second Proposed Excessive Force Settlement Involving Champaign Officer

The City of Champaign has announced a second proposed settlement to a lawsuit over excessive force involving Police Officer Matt Rush.  On Tuesday, the city council will vote on the proposed $225,000 agreement, stemming from Benjamin Mann's complaint.  The council approved a $25,000 lawsuit settlement in a seperate incident last week.


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