President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
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January 13, 2016

Reactions To President Obama’s Last SOTU Address

In this election year, members of Congress each side of the political aisle had a different take on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, and what it could mean for his legacy.  Area lawmakers praised some plans, including a pledge for criminal justice reform, but Republicans say he's taking the wrong approach to battling ISIS.


Marijuana plants
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January 04, 2016

Champaign Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open In March

Phoenix Farms expects to open its location, called Phoenix Botanicals, at 1704 S. Neil Street sometime in March.  It's also hired Medical Cannabis Research, which will conduct a series of free seminars in the area to help patients understand the medical marijuana program. They're scheduled for late January and early February.


In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, photo, boxes of single-doses vials of the measles-mumps-rubella virus vaccine live, or MMR vaccine and ProQuad vaccine are keep frozen inside a freezer at the practice of Dr. Charles Goodman in Northridge, Calif.
Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press
January 04, 2016

Champaign Could Be Seeing End To Mumps Cases

Awais Vaid, Director of Research and Planning with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, says the county went from 24 mumps cases in early December to just four since.  But he says each case needs to go through two incubation periods before being sure the illness has left the area.


In this Aug. 20, 2008 file photo, guard tower No. 7 stands between South House to the left, and North House to the right and the cafeteria in the center of the Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
December 23, 2015

Deal Reached In Class-Action Suit On Mentally Ill Inmates

Lawyers for thousands of mentally ill Illinois prisoners say they have settled their class-action lawsuit against the state. They sued in 2007 alleging that substandard treatment constitutes "cruel and unusual
punishment.'' The agreement calls on the Department of Corrections to spend millions of dollars to build four new treatment units, including at the Pontiac prison.


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, center, arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago
Matt Marton/Associated Press
December 17, 2015

Ex-House Speaker Hastert Recovering From Stroke

Dennis Hastert, who pleaded guilty in late October to evading bank reporting laws, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke just days later.  His attorney Thursday said the Illinois Republican has also been treated for sepsis and two back surgeries while hospitalized.


In this Sept. 5, 2015 file photo, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas congratulates players after an NCAA college football game against in Champaign, Ill.
Stephen Haas/Associated Press
December 16, 2015

Judge Tosses Claims Against Former Illinois AD, Soccer Coach

Former athletic director Mike Thomas, who was fired last month, and soccer coach Janet Rayfield are no longer defendants in the lawsuit filed by former U of I soccer player Janet Rayfield.  Judge Jeffrey Ford says the suit didn't provide a basis for claims.


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