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.


Measels Mumps Rubella vaccine
(Sci Tech Daily)
December 14, 2015

Mumps Cases Increase Back Up In C-U This Month

The mumps outbreak in Champaign-Urbana had decreased from over 100 last summer to just eight cases in November.  But in December, the total has climbed back to 24.  A expert with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District can't point to one reason for that increase.  


A black tee shirt reading Ride for Ray.
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
December 11, 2015

Ray Spooner’s “Little Ride” Continues To Grow; Benefit On Sunday

In October, we told you the story of Ray Spooner, the Urbana man with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, who was embarking on a bike ride across the country to raise money and awareness for ALS research.  Ray is back home after finishing his ride, though it was anything but smooth.  As Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline learned this week, Ray’s “little ride” has turned into something much bigger.


Jail bars
(Photo: Neil Conway/Flickr)
December 02, 2015

Inmate Dies At Satellite Jail, Foul Play Not Suspected

Champaign County Sheriff's Dan Walsh says Toya Frazier 45, of Savoy, was found not breathing in her cell early Tuesday evening, and later pronounced dead at Carle Hospital.  Sheriff Dan Walsh believes that a medical issue is the likely cause, but Illinois State Police will investigate the matter.  A preliminary autopsy didn't reveal a cause of death.


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