Judy Baa Topinka prepares for 2006 debate
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December 18, 2014

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

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.


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Sen. Ted Cruz talks with reporters on Capitol Hill Friday as the Senate considers a spending bill.
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December 13, 2014

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night, after overruling an objection from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.


CIA Director John Brennan takes questions during a news conference at agency headquarters.
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December 11, 2014

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

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.


December 08, 2014

Urbana Council OKs Contribution To Tournament Bid Package

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.


Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree speaks with a lecture attendee Wednesday at the U of I.
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December 03, 2014

Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree Talks Racial Injustice In America

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

Protests and rallies nationwide aim to drive home the same point: Racial inequality is alive and well, and exacerbated by the American justice system.

Illinois Public Media's Hannah Meisel spoke with race relations expert and Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree about where the country goes from here.

Ogletree was on campus Wednesday, where he led a talk sponsored by the University of Illinois' African American Studies Department.

The professor told his own anecdotes of being racially profiled, saying that despite his success in life, he's still subjected to being pulled over under suspicious circumstances, or looked at with a presumption of guilt.


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