Senator Dick Durban
November 19, 2016

Sen. Durbin Supports Campus Efforts To Protect Students From Deportation

With ongoing efforts at the University of Illinois and other colleges to declare themselves sanctuary campuses, US Senator Dick Durbin says he supports efforts to protect students who may have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visa – as long as they haven't committed a crime.


Security fences surround the Logan Correctional Center Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Lincoln, Ill
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
November 18, 2016

Study: Illinois Women’s Prison Treats Inmates Too Harshly

A study finds that women prison inmates in Illinois are treated more harshly than men and spend more time behind bars than necessary. The federally funded review of the overcrowded Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln found inmates are called "crazy" and "worthless" by staff members. Meanwhile, the head of the Illinois Department of Corrections is adding training on effective communication with women inmates and dealing with those who are mentally ill.


immigration rally
flickr user / hawg
November 15, 2016

How Trump’s Presidency Affects DACA; Police-Community Relations; Elissa Altman’s New Memoir

On the 21st: We discussed concerns regarding the possible loss of protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, which president-elect Donald Trump has said he would rescind. We also talked with a retired police officer about building trust with the community, and spoke with the author of the memoir "Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw."


Aaron Schock (right) and attorney George Terwilliger (left) dismissed allegations of any wrongdoing by the former congressman's office. Schock resigned in March 2015.
Cass Herrington/WCBU
November 10, 2016

Defense Team: Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock Is Being Indicted

The grand jury indictment against Aaron Schock accuses the former Illinois congressman of spending $40,000 in government funds to redecorate his Washington office - including the purchase of a $5,000 chandelier. The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield announced the 24-count, 52-page indictment on Thursday. Schock says he will fight the allegations and expose the investigation as a politically-driven witch hunt.


24 year old Ashley Chemere Gibson of Champaign,  whose remains were found in Clinton Lake April 24. Investigators say was using cocaine at a home in Champaign days earlier, and found dead the following morning.
Champaign Police Department
November 07, 2016

Champaign Man Pleads Guilty To Dismembering Body

Authorities say a Champaign woman whose remains were found in Clinton Lake last April had been using cocaine days before. Prosecutors revealed the results of an autopsy on the body of Ashley Gibson Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court, where Davion Hedrick, 27, of Champaign pleaded guilty to a count of dismembering a human body. 


Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, in a 1998 file photo.
Susan Walsh / AP
November 07, 2016

Janet Reno, First Female U.S. Attorney General, Dies At 78

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as attorney general of the United States, died early Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease. Reno's goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte and sister Margaret Hurchalla confirmed her passing to NPR.


Two yard signs, one for and one against the Champaign County Facilities Sales Tax referendum.
Illinois Public Media
November 03, 2016

Champaign Co. Sales Tax Proposal Up Against Opponents Fighting Jail Expansion

“No New Tax For Jails” is the message on yard signs opposing Champaign County’s sales tax referendum. Opponents of the quarter-cent sales tax say it will expand the county jail system, tempting county officials to put more people --- especially minorities – behind bars. But county officials say the work on the jail is needed, as part of plans to maintain all Champaign County government buildings.


Photo: Becky McCray/flickr
November 02, 2016

Unopposed Races in Illinois; Coalition Seeks To Change Illinois Bail System; Cubs Force Game 7

On the 21st: The Cubs are one game away from ending a century-long World Series Championship drought. We talked about that, plus we learned why more than 60 percent of Illinois state house races are going uncontested this election year. We also spoke with members of an Illinois coalition seeking to change the state's bail system.


Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek speaks during a news conference Wednesday, at Des Moines police headquarters.
Scott McFetridge / AP
November 02, 2016

2 Iowa Police Officers Killed In Apparent ‘Ambush-Style’ Attacks

A suspect is being sought in the killing of two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. The two officers were shot and killed early Wednesday as they sat in their squad cars.

"The shootings appear to have been ambush-style attacks," police spokesman Paul Parizek said in a statement.


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