A still from the Champaign Police dashcam video of the March 16, 2014 arrest of Benjamin Mann.
April 15, 2016

Williams: Rush Incidents Have ‘Derailed’ Improved Relations With Police

Seon Williams of Champaign says the excessive force incidents involving officer Matt Rush, and resulting lawsuits have 'derailed' the progress the African-American community has made in improving relations with city police.  He says the city deserves better officers on the street who make better decisions.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Brian Mackey/WUIS
April 14, 2016

Madigan On Rauner, In His Own Words

The speaker of the Illinois House made a rare policy speech during a debate on Tuesday. It was intended to put in context legislative Democrats’ long-running dispute with the Republican governor over state spending.


Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro shares a laugh with Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn Wednesday night at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 14, 2016

‘Gothic Romance’ Opens 18th Ebertfest

The late film critic Roger Ebert once hailed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro as the most challenging in fantasy films, because he invents from scratch.  Del Toro brought 2015's "Crimson Peak" which he calls a 'gothic romance', to Champaign's Virginia Theatre to open the 18th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival Wednesday.


Officer Matt Rush, who was fired for a second time Wednesday by the Champaign Police Department.
City of Champaign
April 13, 2016

Champaign Fires Officer Matt Rush A Second Time

The city of Champaign Wednesday released two letters citing internal investigations regarding Officer Matt Rush.  One cites Rush's 'disciplinary history and judgment in crisis situations', while the other documents the officer's alleged behavior in a local bar in late February.  He's been the subject of four excessive force lawsuits, three of them resulting in $320-thousand in settlements.


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