Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a campaign rally at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Edwardsville, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
March 05, 2016

Sanders Brings Brand Of Economic Populism To Southern Illinois

The Democratic presidential candidate spoke Friday at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where the primarily student audience packed a 4,000-seat campus basketball arena.  Sanders touched on familiar campaign themes, calling for campaign finance reform, marijuana decriminalization and increased corporate taxes.


Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush
Champaign Police Department
March 04, 2016

Police Union: Investigation Tied To ‘Negative Publicity’

Illinois' Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council says a reported internal investigation involving Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, the subject of four excessive force lawsuits, is not related to his actions on duty.  "It is a direct result of the intense negative publicity and inaccurate public statements stemming from his prior case," said General Counsel Tamara Cummings.


Champaign County Courthouse
Wikipedia
February 29, 2016

Protesters Now Banned From Inside Champaign Cty Courthouse

Three days after a part of a group had to be removed from the courthouse by Champaign County Sheriff's Deputies, Sheriff Dan Walsh has announced that no protests will be allowed inside the courthouse or sheriff's office.  Rallies and similar events are still allowed on the courthouse plaza, as long they're held at least 10 feet from the front door.


A sign in front of a home on Lincoln Avenue in Urbana protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media.
February 29, 2016

Appellate Court Won’t Delay Impact Of Ruling On Hospital Taxes

The 4th District Appellate Court Monday denied requests for a stay of the ruling that threw out a state law that denied property tax exemptions to Illinois hospitals based on their charity care.  Those requests were sought by the Carle health system and Illinois Department of Revenue.  Carle and Presence Hospitals may file a lawsuit as a result.


Arm patch from U of I Police Training Institute
University of Illinois Police Training Institute
February 24, 2016

Head of UI’s Police Training Institute Discusses Use Of Force Law

On Tuesday, Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz announced she would not be filing criminal charges against Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, the subject of multiple lawsuits alleging excessive force.  The head of the U of I's Police Training Institute weighed in on the state's use of force measure.


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.


Barbara Wilson and Josh Witman
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 18, 2016

Josh Whitman Introduced As U Of I Athletic Director

After more than 100 days without an athletic director, the University of Illinois has officially named Josh Whitman to the post.  The U of I graduate earned law and finance degrees at the school, and played for a few years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.


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