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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 19, 2014

Proposed Eavesdropping Law Allows Recording Police (Contrary To Internet Rumors)

By Hannah Meisel


(Duration: 4:15)

Police cordon off area in Chicago

Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.


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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - December 18, 2014

Parties’ Power Grabs In Battle For Comptroller; Quinn Calls Special Session

By Amanda Vinicky


(Duration: 3:46)

Judy Baa Topinka prepares for 2006 debate

The late Judy Baar Topinka was no stranger to the dizzying world of Illinois politics.  The state comptroller had also been state treasurer, served in the legislature and lost a race for governor to Rod Blagojevich.  So it's easy to imagine that Topinka would not be surprised at the ongoing furor and partisan divide over how to replace her.

Categories: Government, Politics

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - December 11, 2014

‘Unknowable’ If CIA Methods Elicited Useful Information, Agency’s Chief Says

by Krishnadev Calamur

CIA Director John Brennan takes questions during a news conference at agency headquarters.

CIA Director John Brennan defended his agency's actions after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and said while it is "unknowable" whether the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques against terrorism suspects provided useful information, the agency did not mislead the Bush White House about its activities.

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 08, 2014

Urbana Council OKs Contribution To Tournament Bid Package

By Jim Meadows

The City of Urbana will contribute $5,000 a year for five years, if Champaign-Urbana succeeds in winning a contract with the Illinois High School Association to bring back the Illinois Boys’ High School Basketball Tournament.

Categories: Government, Politics, Sports

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 03, 2014

Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree Talks Racial Injustice In America

By Hannah Meisel

Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree speaks with a lecture attendee Wednesday at the U of I.

The deaths this summer of two African American men at the hands of white police officers again brought racial tension to the national spotlight; The death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson resulted in a decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson last month, and on Wednesday, a grand jury in New York decided to not charge NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner.

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 03, 2014

Champaign County Board’s New Top Republican Explains Support For Top Democrat

The Champaign County Board’s new Republican vice-chairman says his caucus backed Democrat Pattsi Petrie of Champaign for county board chair, because they thought she was the best of the two Democrats seeking the job.

Categories: Government, Politics

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