Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush
Champaign Police Department
February 23, 2016

No Charges Against Champaign Officer Matt Rush

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz says she won’t be filing criminal charges against Champaign police officer Matt Rush. Rush has been the subject of four excessive force lawsuits – three of them, to date, resulting in settlements.


Illinois Supreme Court Building
Alan Scott Walker/Wikipedia
February 23, 2016

Illinois Makes Cameras-In-Court Policy Permanent

The Illinois Supreme Court has deemed a four-year pilot program allowing media coverage at certain trials a success and is making the policy permanent.  
 


Illinois' Leron Black (12) and Nnanna Egwu (32) walk off the court after an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Chicago.
Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press
February 19, 2016

Police Arrest Illini Forward Black After Bar Fight

Illini basketball player Leron Black has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge for an alleged incident at a Campustown bar.  Police say he threated a bouncer with a knife.  According to a statement released by the News-Gazette, Coach John Groce has suspended Black indefinitely.


The Youth Correctional Center in Kewanee
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
February 12, 2016

Youth Prison in Kewanee Might Close

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice announced it plans to close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee by July first. The Juvenile Justice department says the closing would save the state about 14 million dollars, improve rehabilitation for young offenders, and improve community safety. It will also eliminate 200 jobs.


This Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 photo shows the headstone marking the final resting place of Cory Lovelace at Woodland Cemetery in Quincy, Ill.
Jim Suhr/Associated Press
February 05, 2016

Hung Jury Declared In Trial Of Former Illinois Football Star

The murder trial of Curtis Lovelace, accused of suffocating his first wife, Cory, has resulted in a hung jury.  The retrial for the former Adams County assistant state's attorney has been set for May 31.


Champaign Police Car
Wikimedia Commons
February 03, 2016

Champaign Council Approves $70,000 Settlement, Third Involving Officer Rush

The three excessive force lawsuit settlements involving police officer Matt Rush total $320,000.  Concerned citizens have been calling for for Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz to file charges against Rush. Council members also may lobby with Urbana leaders for changes in the police union arbitration process.


Chicago Police Car
Creative Commons/Arvell Dorsey Jr.
January 16, 2016

Emanuel: Chicago Needs To ‘Root Out The Cancer’ Of Police Abuse

A day after the release of a video of a shooting of a black Chicago teenager by a white police officer, the city released documents related to the 2013 incident. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the city's ongoing police shooting scandal at an annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday. 


Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke Thursday with members of the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.
Brian Mackey/WUIS
January 14, 2016

Governor ‘Guarantees’ Criminal Justice Reform Push

Governor Bruce Rauner endorsed the work of his criminal justice commission Thursday.  He also made an unusual statement on prisons.  Rauner says he won't let the commissioners' endorsements gather dust. 


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