Champaign County NAACP President Patricia Avery asks questions of the Citizen Review of Complaints Working Group Monday at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Champaign.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
October 11, 2016

Panel Exploring Champaign Police Review Board Starts To Get Public Input

The City of Champaign has started gathering public input as it weighs whether to recommend forming a citizens police review board. Monday's meeting of the 14-member Citizens Review of Police Complaints Working Group was first of two this week. The 16 people who attended the first at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church cited concerns with they call an intimidating complaint process that needs to be better explained.


Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and Public Defender George Vargas debate during Tuesday's forum in the Champaign City Council chambers.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 29, 2016

Vargas, Rietz, Spar In Candidates Forum

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and opponent and Assistant Public Defender George Vargas found little to agree on during a candidates' forum Thursday. He alleged "incompetence" on the part of her office, referencing the weekend shootings near the University of Illinois, and why suspect Robbie Patton was allowed to spend time in a Corrections boot camp, and was not imprisoned for a prior incident.


Portrait of Suja Thomas
University of Illinois
September 28, 2016

Decline Of Jury Trials Harmful, According To U Of I Professor

The right to a criminal trial by jury is spelled out in the United States Constitution, both in Article Three, and in the Sixth Amendment.  Despite the right to a trial by jury, fewer than five percent of criminal cases filed in court are actually decided by a jury.  And that’s a problem, according to University of Illinois law professor Suja Thomas. 


Mike Frerichs
(Sean Powers/WILL)
August 26, 2016

New Law Makes Insurance Companies Find, Pay Beneficiaries

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to force insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies and pay them money they're owed. Democratic Treasurer Michael Frerichs says his office has identified more than $550 million in unpaid benefits owed to Illinois residents.


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