In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago.
Christian K. Lee, File/Associated Press
April 25, 2016

‘Individual A’ Sues Hastert For Money Over Unpaid Hush Money

The person known as "Individual A'', who alleges Dennis Hastert sexually abused him decades ago and was promised more than $3 million to keep quiet has filed a lawsuit, saying he's only been paid about half the money.


Jack McCullough
Illinois Dept. of Corrections via AP
April 22, 2016

Judge Drops Charges Against McCullough In 1957 Murder

A judge has dismissed criminal charges against Jack McCullough, but is making no immediate decision on a request to appoint a special prosecutor in the case of the 76-year-old man who a state's attorney says was wrongly convicted in a 1957 killing.  


A still from the Champaign Police dashcam video of the March 16, 2014 arrest of Benjamin Mann.
April 15, 2016

Williams: Rush Incidents Have ‘Derailed’ Improved Relations With Police

Seon Williams of Champaign says the excessive force incidents involving officer Matt Rush, and resulting lawsuits have 'derailed' the progress the African-American community has made in improving relations with city police.  He says the city deserves better officers on the street who make better decisions.


Officer Matt Rush, who was fired for a second time Wednesday by the Champaign Police Department.
City of Champaign
April 13, 2016

Champaign Fires Officer Matt Rush A Second Time

The city of Champaign Wednesday released two letters citing internal investigations regarding Officer Matt Rush.  One cites Rush's 'disciplinary history and judgment in crisis situations', while the other documents the officer's alleged behavior in a local bar in late February.  He's been the subject of four excessive force lawsuits, three of them resulting in $320-thousand in settlements.


marijuana plants
Teresa Crawford/Associated Press
April 04, 2016

Urbana Council Takes Final Vote On Marijuana Fine Reduction

A week ago, Urbana aldermen approved lowering the fine for posessing small amounts of marijuana from $300 to $50.  Alderman Aaron Ammons calls the higher amount 'egregious', and said it disproportionately impacts African-Americans in the city.  The fine applies to someone with less than 30 grams of the drug.


Gov. Bruce Rauner at an AutoZone distribution facility in Danville
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 29, 2016

Rauner Expects Illinois Fair Share Case Fight To Reach U.S. Supreme Court

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing labor unions to collect fees from non-members is "tragic'' and a lawsuit aimed at banning the practice in Illinois will continue. Justices divided 4-4 Tuesday in a California case over whether public workers represented by a union can be required to pay "fair share'' fees.


Jack McCullough
Illinois Department of Corrections/via Associated Press
March 29, 2016

Judge To Appoint Counsel For DeKalb County Cold Case

Jack McCullough will get a new attorney to help him pursue freedom from his conviction of murdering seven-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957.  Last week, the DeKalb County State's Attorney said a six-month review turned up serious missteps during the investigation.


Lynn Rohrscheib inspects her soybean fields.
Courtesy of Lynn Rohrscheib
March 21, 2016

The 21st: Trade With Cuba, & STEM Education

Before the embargo - U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba were worth about $600 million a year - in today’s prices.  Others estimate Cuba is a $1.2 billion market for agricultural exports if the embargo and other trade barriers are lifted. Today on The 21st we explored what an open Cuba would mean for Illinois. Also, how a team of Illinois State University researchers and a turtle are changing STEM education. 


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