Former Champaign Unit 4 School Board president Laurie Bonnett
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 20, 2016

Unit 4’s Bonnett Discusses Failed Referenda, Board Turnover, And Future Of School Facilities

Laurie Bonnett's last meeting with the Champaign School Board is Monday.  The former Unit Four board president, who's moving out of town, says she hopes to see a more collaborative strucuture in the future of school facilities, and believes the board can benefit from the high rate of turnover of late, bringing new and innovative ideas.

Apartment building in Champaign's Campustown neighborhood
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 18, 2016

What Ending Parking Minimums Means To Champaign’s Campustown

Champaign city leaders have removed a requirement that apartments in the Campustown neighborhood provide parking.  While developers are still expected to provide some space for cars, goals of the ordinance include less cars on campus, a more urban design, and giving developers the freedom to build the structures they want.

Logo for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Corporation for National & Community Service
January 18, 2016

MLK Day A Day Of Service In Central Illinois

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is officially a "Day of Service" in Illinois. And several organizations in central Illinois are taking part, offering opportunities for the public to participate in service activities.

Chicago Police Car
Creative Commons/Arvell Dorsey Jr.
January 16, 2016

Emanuel: Chicago Needs To ‘Root Out The Cancer’ Of Police Abuse

A day after the release of a video of a shooting of a black Chicago teenager by a white police officer, the city released documents related to the 2013 incident. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the city's ongoing police shooting scandal at an annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner overlooks the south fork of the Sangamon River, where two teenagers were killed while crossing a flooded road last week, during his tour to the area Sunday in Kincaid, Ill
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 05, 2016

Iroquois, Vermilion Among 11 More Counties In State Disaster Declaration

Governor Bruce Rauner visited the Iroquois County seat of Watseka Tuesday morning, where about 50 had to leave their homes last week.  Mayor Bob Harwood says given all the severe flooding problems in Southern Illinois, he feels good about the state's chances of a federal declaration. The bulk of damage in Vermilion County was to rural roads, and a sanitary sewer line in Danville.

Bruce (middle) discussing protocol with Rob James-Collier (Tomas, left) and Kevin Doyle (Mr. Mosley, right).
Courtesy of Masterpiece
January 04, 2016

Downton Abbey Historical Adviser On Season Six, Filming And More

Downton Abbey season six, the final season, premiered in the U.S. yesterday to great acclaim. It wouldn’t look the way it does or be so historically accurate, however, if it weren’t for Alastair Bruce. The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece’s smash hit about the Crawley family and their servants call Bruce, the show’s historical advisor, “The Oracle” because he knows everything about the customs and protocols of the time period. 

In this aerial photo, floodwater from the Mississippi River threatens the maximum security Menard Correctional Center, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Chester, Ill. Surging Midwestern rivers forced hundreds of evacuations, threatened dozens of levees and
Jeff Roberson/Associated Press
January 01, 2016

Flooding Prompts Evacuation In Portion Of Southern Illinois

Authorities near one levee in far southwestern Illinois are being told to move to higher ground.  The county board in Alexander County issued an emergency evacuation Friday.  Meanwhile, Governor Bruce Rauner ordered the Illinois National Guard to help with the recovery effort.   

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