Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and Public Defender George Vargas debate during Tuesday's forum in the Champaign City Council chambers.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
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.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
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.


Robbie M. Patton, wanted for murder in the weekend shooting incident at Campustown in Champaign.
Champaign Police Department
September 28, 2016

Police Seek Suspect In Campustown Shooting

Authorities are seeking 18-year-old Robbie M. Patton of Champaign in connection with the shooting on E. Green Street in the Campustown neighborhood, that left one person dead and three others injured.


Portrait of Suja Thomas
University of Illinois
September 28, 2016

Decline Of Jury Trials Harmful, According To U Of I Professor

The right to a criminal trial by jury is spelled out in the United States Constitution, both in Article Three, and in the Sixth Amendment.  Despite the right to a trial by jury, fewer than five percent of criminal cases filed in court are actually decided by a jury.  And that’s a problem, according to University of Illinois law professor Suja Thomas. 


UI Counseling Center DIrector Carla McCowan addresses a crowd at the Urbana campus Quad Tuesday,
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 28, 2016

U Of I Students, Community, Honor Shooting Victim

Many have heard the name George Korchev since the suburban Chicago man died in a weekend shooting in the University of Illinois’ Campustown neighborhood. About 300 from the campus and community have now learned a bit about who he was, while honoring his memory on the Urbana campus quad Tuesday night. Speakers included friend and U of I student Erik Lasaine, who was injured in the shootings early Sunday morning on Green Street.


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