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.


Jacob Morrissey mugshot.
December 01, 2015

Standoff In Rantoul Ends In Apparent Suicide

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Jacob K. Morrissey, 26, Mahomet, was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.  A report from the Champaign County Sheriff says Morrissey appears to have shot himself while in the attic of a Rantoul home late Monday night. 


Protesters march during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago.
Paul Beaty/AP
November 25, 2015

Writer Tells How He Broke The Laquan McDonald Story

Chicago writer Jamie Kalven focuses on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago. He heard about an attempted cover-up of the details in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old wielding a knife.  Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shot Laquan McDonald, a black youth, 16 times in 14 seconds.


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