Literature at Friday's conference, held at Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital.
(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media)
December 10, 2016

State Seeking Preventative Measures To Address Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Four Illinois counties, including Champaign, are leading the effort to better understand those who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Data-Driven Health and Justice is a nationwide effort to reduce the financial and human costs associated with those who frequently end up in hospitals and jails, or 'superutlizers'. The Illinois Criminal Justice Authority held a conference Friday in Urbana to help other parts of the state find preventative measures.  


Police respond to reports of an active shooter on campus at Ohio State University on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins/Associated Press
November 28, 2016

Seven Hospitalized After Reports Of Attacker At Ohio State; Campus Now Secure

Ohio State University says a shelter-in-place warning has been lifted and the scene is secure following reports of an active shooter and at least seven people injured. It was later revealed the attacker drove a vehicle onto a curb, and used a butcher knife, and not a gun. Ohio State tweeted Monday morning that all classes would be canceled for the rest of the day.


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.


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