University of Illinois Willard Airport Executive Director Gene Cossey talks with reporters on Wednesday's helicopter crash.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 18, 2017

No Injuries In Willard Helicopter Crash During Training Exercise

The two occupants of a small training helicopter walked away without injury after it crashed at the University of Illinois’ Willard Airport around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Willard Executive Director Gene Cossey says during a landing procedure, they lost control of the aircraft, which skidded down the runway and flipped over. 


Former Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, the subject of Tuesday's separation agreement with the city.
Champaign Police
January 17, 2017

Champaign Permanently Terminates Officer Matt Rush

The city of Champaign has permanently terminated police officer Matt Rush after two-and-a-half years of appeals and litigation. City Manager Dorothy David announced the $50,000 separation agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police at the conclusion of Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting. Rush was twice fired by the city, and was the subject of multiple excessive force lawsuits, costing the city more than $300,000 in settlements.


President Obama and Chicago Cubs
Carolyn Kaster/AP
January 17, 2017

President Obama Honors Cubs; Research: Link Between Violence & PTSD; New Book About The Human Body

On the 21st: We discussed the World Series champion Chicago Cubs' visit to the White House yesterday. Plus, we learned about research that finds a link between shootings, violence and post-traumatic stress disorder. We also talked with a medical doctor turned journalist about his new book that addresses some of the most common - and quirky - questions people have about the human body. 


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Public Domain
January 16, 2017

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the 21st: We talk about what it looks like to carry on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, with a pastor in Champaign who was involved in the civil rights movement in Illinois during the 1950s and 1960s. We also speak with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to learn about the connection between Dr. King and President Abraham Lincoln. 


Graphic from Champaign Neighborhood Services Department's presentation on Bristol Place at Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 11, 2017

Champaign Council Initiates Final Phase Of Bristol Place Redevelopment

The city has been working on tearing down and rebuilding homes in the northeast Champaign neighborhood since outlining its goals in 2007. Unanimously backed by the Champaign City Council Tuesday, the plan initiates an agreement with suburban-Chicago based AHDVS, a minority-owned contractor. But city council members stipulated that hiring local minorities was key to the plan's continued backing. 


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