Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush
Champaign Police Department
January 03, 2017

Arbitrator Rules In Favor of Fired Champaign Police Officer, With Second Charge Pending

Once again, an arbitrator acting under terms of the Champaign police union contract has ruled in favor of fired police officer Matt Rush, in one of the two charges cited for his 2016 dismissal.

Independent arbitrator Micheal Falvo determined that the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s refusal to use Rush as a courtroom witness was not valid grounds for firing Rush last April --- and that State’s Attorney Julia Rietz overstepped her bounds in doing so. The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police announced the arbitrator’s ruling on Monday.


Ben Johnston
Courtesty of the artist.
January 03, 2017

Former U of I Prof. Ben Johnston Hears The Notes Between The Notes

Ben Johnston doesn't follow the rules of music. Sure, the retired University of Illinois music professor has degrees from two colleges and a conservatory. But from an early age, Johnston heard music differently. When he was growing up in Georgia, he questioned the standard scales he was taught in school. "I played by ear and I invented my own chords," he says.


Illinois House chambers.
Matt Turner / Flickr
January 03, 2017

Illinois Issues: New Laws In 2017

The state still doesn’t have a budget. A stopgap spending plan, which was approved over the summer, will end on January 1, leaving social service agencies, institutions of higher education and others in the lurch. But, in the past year, legislators did approve hundreds of pieces of legislation, which the governor signed. Nearly 200 laws will go into effect at the start of the new year — close to the number that went into effect at the start of each of the past three years.


Illini Leron Black and Buckeye Jaquan Lyle.
Rob McColley / Illinois Public Media
January 02, 2017

Illini Men Bounce Back With Win Over Ohio State

Illinois is 1-1 in the Big Ten after a 75-70 win over Ohio State at State Farm Center in Champaign.  The Illini lost a 15-point lead before recovering to get the win on New Year's Day.


In this Feb. 27, 2012, file photo, a residential building at the Jacksonville Developmental Center is seen during a media tour of the facility.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
December 30, 2016

Report: Auction Preceded Move To Group Homes In Illinois

A published report details problems during former Gov. Pat Quinn's administration as Illinois closed an institution for adults withdevelopmental disabilities. The Chicago Tribune reports state officials required
group home operators to promise not to undermine the closure plans - or risk getting no referrals to fill beds. The Tribune reports 67 businesses signed a loyalty pledge to avoid being shut out of referrals in what amounted to an auction.


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