Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush
Champaign Police Department
March 04, 2016

Police Union: Investigation Tied To ‘Negative Publicity’

Illinois' Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council says a reported internal investigation involving Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, the subject of four excessive force lawsuits, is not related to his actions on duty.  "It is a direct result of the intense negative publicity and inaccurate public statements stemming from his prior case," said General Counsel Tamara Cummings.


 of I Police Capt. Matt Myrick, Champaign Sgt. Joe Ketchum, and U of I Vice Chancellor Renee Romano discuss "Unofficial" St. Patrick's Day at the Champaign Police Department Wednesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 02, 2016

C-U Law Enforcement, University, Prepare for ‘Unofficial’

A number of U of I students and guests from other schools are expected in the Campustown neighborhood Friday for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, the binge drinking event that started as a bar promotion in the mid-90's. Extra patrols will be in place around campus, and Champaign and Urbana have emergency orders in place, including a ban on keg permits, and U of I dorms have banned overnight guests.


National Sweetheart Pageant Runners-Up, 2015
National Sweetheart Pageant Facebook page
March 01, 2016

Miss America Ban Could Mean End To Hoopeston Pageant

A clarification in the language from the Miss America organization may mean Hoopeston can no longer hold its National Sweetheart Pageant, held during Labor Day weekend.  The competition has gone on since the 1940's. Its co-directors, Cliff and Michelle Crabtree, say they're looking into what it would take to become affiliated with the organization.


Clifford-Jacobs Forging logo
Clifford-Jacobs
February 29, 2016

Clifford-Jacobs Lockout Ends

Four unions have reached an agreement with company heads to end the lockout at the Clifford-Jacobs steel forgings plant, north of Champaign.  Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  The plant opened in 1923, and employees told the News-Gazette's Tom Kacich that it should function for another 100 years. 


Champaign City Council member Marci Dodds, who's stepping down from her seat. She and husband Cody Sokolski are moving to Chica
City of Champaign
February 24, 2016

Champaign Council Member Dodds Stepping Down, Moving To Chicago

After nearly 11 years, Champaign City Council member Marci Dodds says she's resigning.  She and husband Jon "Cody" Sokolski are moving to Chicago, where Dodds says he can take advantage of his music career.  Dodds says she's proudest to have been part of votes on watershed projects, and a summer youth job program.


The most used words in social media posts about the Illinois budget stand off
Crimson Hexagon
February 17, 2016

Illinois Public Radio Budget Address Special

Governor Bruce Rauner presented his 2017 budget today, February 17. But we’re in uncharted territory here - because as we all know - we don’t have a 2016 budget. There are so many questions about this budget impasse. During the hour before the governor’s speech we took your questions.


The Youth Correctional Center in Kewanee
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
February 12, 2016

Youth Prison in Kewanee Might Close

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice announced it plans to close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee by July first. The Juvenile Justice department says the closing would save the state about 14 million dollars, improve rehabilitation for young offenders, and improve community safety. It will also eliminate 200 jobs.


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