A sign in front of a home on Urbana's Lincoln Avenue protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media.
May 25, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court To Review Hospital Taxation Issue

The state's high court will review a case regarding the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions, and will hear arguments involving Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital.  A lower court ruled in January that the 2012 state law allowing hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is unconstitutional.


Statewide boundaries for United States congressional districts in Illinois, since 2013
Public Domain
May 03, 2016

When It Rains Redistricting, Ballot Options May Pour

On a 105 to 7 vote members of the Illinois House voted to give up the power of drawing their own districts. The remap proposal would give that authority to a court-appointed panel. 

After a dearth of redistricting opportunities, there's a chance Illinois voters could be faced with several options in the November election.


Muslim women ride the subway
Penguin Press
April 28, 2016

‘Excellent Daughters’ Throughout The Middle East Are Transforming Life In Their Countries

Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."


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.


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