Former Congressman Aaron Schock, R-Ill., speaks in support of Bruce Rauner during a gubernatorial campaign rally outside the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
Seth Perlman/AP
January 17, 2017

Magistrate Sets Trial Date For Former Congressman Schock

A federal magistrate has ruled former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock will be tried this summer on federal corruption charges. Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins on Tuesday set the July 11 date for Schock's trial on fraud, filing a false tax return, theft of government funds and falsification of Federal Election Commission filings charges.


H. Lee Holsapple, sheriff of Macon County, Illinois from 1986 to 1998.
Macon County Sheriff's Department
January 16, 2017

H. Lee Holsapple, Former Macon Co Sheriff, Dies

H. Lee Holsapple, who served as Macon County Sheriff from 1986 to 1998, has died at the age of 80.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department says Holsapple passed away from natural causes Sunday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.


Law enforcement personnel arrive in an armored car outside Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A gunman opened fire in the baggage claim area at the airport Friday, killing several peo
Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press
January 06, 2017

At Least 5 People Dead In Airport Shooting In Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

At least five people were killed and eight others were injured in a shooting Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office tweeted that "one subject" was in custody and that the injured had been taken to a local hospital. The mayor of Broward County, Barbara Sharief, also told CNN that a suspect had been taken into custody.


Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush
Champaign Police Department
January 03, 2017

Arbitrator Rules In Favor of Fired Champaign Police Officer, With Second Charge Pending

Once again, an arbitrator acting under terms of the Champaign police union contract has ruled in favor of fired police officer Matt Rush, in one of the two charges cited for his 2016 dismissal.

Independent arbitrator Micheal Falvo determined that the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s refusal to use Rush as a courtroom witness was not valid grounds for firing Rush last April --- and that State’s Attorney Julia Rietz overstepped her bounds in doing so. The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police announced the arbitrator’s ruling on Monday.


Illinois House chambers.
Matt Turner / Flickr
January 03, 2017

Illinois Issues: New Laws In 2017

The state still doesn’t have a budget. A stopgap spending plan, which was approved over the summer, will end on January 1, leaving social service agencies, institutions of higher education and others in the lurch. But, in the past year, legislators did approve hundreds of pieces of legislation, which the governor signed. Nearly 200 laws will go into effect at the start of the new year — close to the number that went into effect at the start of each of the past three years.


Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in Nagato, western Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
Toru Hanai/Associated Press
December 29, 2016

Obama Announces Sanctions Against Russia In Response To Cyberattacks

President Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the U.S.


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