A yard sign in Urbana, Illinois
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
January 06, 2016

Appellate Court Rules Against Carle, Overturns Illinois’ Charity Care Tax Law

An appellate court has ruled that Illinois’ law governing when hospitals are exempt from taxes for their charity care is unconstitutional. The ruling involves a lawsuit brought by Carle over the tax status of its Urbana hospital, but has statewide implications.


Legislative chamber at the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield.
Flickr: m_t_t (Matt Turner)
December 31, 2015

Illinois Issues: New Year, New Laws

Despite their continued stalemate on a budget, lawmakers approved and Governor Bruce Rauner signed hundreds of new pieces of legislation. More than 200 laws will go into effect in Illinois at the start of the new year — roughly the number that went into effect at the start of each of the past two years. Jamey Dunn talks about the state's new laws with Sean Crawford.


A DraftKings promotions tent in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass.
Charles Krupa/Associated Press
December 23, 2015

Madigan: Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Is Illegal Gambling

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion Wednesday, saying daily fantasy sports, offered through websites like FanDuel or DraftKings, is illegal gambling under state law. She says illegal gambling occurs when someone "plays a game of chance or skill for money.''


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.


Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush
Champaign Police Department
December 11, 2015

Second Proposed Excessive Force Settlement Involving Champaign Officer

The City of Champaign has announced a second proposed settlement to a lawsuit over excessive force involving Police Officer Matt Rush.  On Tuesday, the city council will vote on the proposed $225,000 agreement, stemming from Benjamin Mann's complaint.  The council approved a $25,000 lawsuit settlement in a seperate incident last week.


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