Officer Matt Rush, who was fired for a second time Wednesday by the Champaign Police Department.
City of Champaign
April 13, 2016

Champaign Fires Officer Matt Rush A Second Time

The city of Champaign Wednesday released two letters citing internal investigations regarding Officer Matt Rush.  One cites Rush's 'disciplinary history and judgment in crisis situations', while the other documents the officer's alleged behavior in a local bar in late February.  He's been the subject of four excessive force lawsuits, three of them resulting in $320-thousand in settlements.


Champaign District 3 City Council member Vic McIntosh, who's resigning at the end of May.
City of Champaign
April 13, 2016

Champaign’s McIntosh Resigning From District 3 Council Seat

Vic McIntosh, who served from 1998-2009 and 2012 to present, says he's moving to unincorporated Urbana.  It's the council's second resignation in recent weeks.  McIntosh held off on this announcement earlier this year, after learning that Marci Dodds was resigning her seat in District 4. 


tap water
Flickr user artbystevejohnson
April 08, 2016

The 21st: Water Quality Issues & A Stereotype-Smashing Organist

The crisis with lead in Flint’s water has led many communities around the country to ask: could this happen here? Today on the 21st, we talked with people from Chicago, Galesburg, and Decatur, to find out what those communities are seeing regarding lead and other problems with tap water. Also, musician Cameron Carpenter joined us to explain his not-so-traditional approach to playing the organ.


Chicago Marathon Runners
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April 01, 2016

The 21st: Gender In Politics, And Why People Run Marathons

How has Hillary Clinton’s campaign changed the conversation about women holding political office? Some of our female politicians in Illinois weigh in on gender and politics. Then, as we approach marathon and half marathon season, many in Illinois will be taking on those 26.2 and 13.1 miles feats, whiles other are left others wondering "why?"


The Pontiac 66ers and Champaign Swarm start play at Pontiac Township High School on March 6.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 31, 2016

Pro Basketball Launches In Pontiac

The Livingston County city of Pontiac, home to one of the country's long-running high school basketball tournaments, has used that history to lure in a minor league franchise.  The Pontiac 66ers, part of the Midwest Professional Basketball Association, play on the same court as the high school team, en route to a 12-4 mark this season.  They'll play in the league championship Friday night.


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