Dave Benton, in a visit with Illinois Public Media last December.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
April 13, 2015

WCIA’s Benton Stepping Down From The Anchor Desk

The Champaign news anchor says a brain tumor is affecting his ability to do his job, and will step down after broadcasts Monday night.  But he hopes to continue with his Crime Watch programs.


Travelers wait in line after several delays at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
April 13, 2015

Are People Really Leaving Illinois In Droves?

Last year, Illinois was one of a handful of states that lost population. More than 90,000 people moved elsewhere.  It became a campaign issue for Governor when then candidate Bruce Rauner criticized the state's lack of friendliness to business, but the numbers don't mean mean there is a crisis, or even a real clamor, to leave the state.                    


In this Feb. 9 file photo, Governor Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters during a news conference in his office in Springfield
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
April 11, 2015

Rauner Agrees To Allow Union Fair Share Fees, Awaits Lawsuit

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it has agreed to allow government agencies to reinstate mandatory fair share fees for non-union members in return for union agreement to a faster timeline for resolving their dispute over the payments.


Champaign County Drug Court Logo
April 11, 2015

Pilot Program Set To Help Break Heroin Addiction

The Champaign County Drug Court will soon offer a new option for some trying to break their addiction to heroin. The pilot program launches later this month and will eventually provide medication and therapy to up to 30 people who qualify and consent to the treatment.


A tornado is viewed near Pearl Street from a home  in Kirkland, Ill., on Thursday, April 9, 2015. One person was killed in the tiny community of Fairdale, James Joseph with the Illinois Department of Emergency Management said.
(AP Photo/Emily Mains)
April 10, 2015

Northern Illinois Tornadoes Cause Damage, Injuries, Two Deaths

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said he was able to see the tornado from 18 miles away. He says in his 25 years of storm-chasing, he had never seen one like this.  Dekalb and Ogle counties have been declared state disaster areas by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Author Michael Perry
Courtesy of Michael Perry
April 10, 2015

The Pull Of The Farm Inspires Wisconsin Writer

Michael Perry is a New York Times Bestselling author, known for his memoirs of growing up in and returning to rural Wisconsin. He is also a humorist, singer/songwriter, radio host, and intermittent pig farmer. Even with all of that he is visiting Champaign-Urbana Saturday as the keynote speaker for the Champaign Library’s Local Author Festival. 


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