Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and Public Defender George Vargas debate during Tuesday's forum in the Champaign City Council chambers.
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September 29, 2016

Vargas, Rietz, Spar In Candidates Forum

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and opponent and Assistant Public Defender George Vargas found little to agree on during a candidates' forum Thursday. He alleged "incompetence" on the part of her office, referencing the weekend shootings near the University of Illinois, and why suspect Robbie Patton was allowed to spend time in a Corrections boot camp, and was not imprisoned for a prior incident.

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing announces her plans for seeking a fourth term at her home Wednesday.
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September 28, 2016

Prussing Seeking 4th Term As Mayor

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing is seeking a fourth term in 2017, making the annoucement at her Urbana home Wednesday. There could be a 3-way race for the office in the February Democratic primary, with Urbana Alderwoman Diane Marlin running, and fellow city council member Aaron Ammons reportedly weighing a run for the city's top office.

In this March 18, 2014 file photo, voters cast their ballots in the Illinois primary in Hinsdale, Ill.
M. Spencer Green/Associated Press
September 27, 2016

Judge’s Ruling Reduces Election Day Registration In Illinois

A federal judge has scaled back Election Day voter registration for highly populated areas in Illinois, a decision that sides Republicans who claimed in a lawsuit that last year's extension of same-day registration is unconstitutional. Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan's move on Tuesday temporarily blocks wider same-day registration lawmakers put into effect in 2015.

From left: ABC reporter Quincy Howe, Sen. Estes Kefauver and Gov. Adlai Stevenson in a still from the first TV debate between two presidential candidates. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has one of two known copies of the broadcas
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
September 26, 2016

In Rare Debate Footage, Seeds Of Modern Politics

On Monday night, Americans sat down to watch one of the most anticipated presidential debates in the country's history. It happens to fall on the anniversary of the first and most famous presidential debate -- between Nixon and Kennedy in 1960. But that was not the first time two presidential candidates went before T-V cameras together.

In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.
Rogelio V. Solis, File/Associated Press.
September 26, 2016

Gill Denied By U.S. Supreme Court In Bid For 13th District

The country's high court has denied David Gill a place on the November 8 ballot as an independent candidate in Illinois' 13th Congressional District. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan denied the physician's request Monday. Gill says he plans to appeal to a different justice.

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