Hundreds of people raise up lit candles at a memorial vigil for Devon McClyde.
Pam Dempsey / Illinois Public Media
January 04, 2017

The Toll Of Gun Violence Across Illinois

On the 21st: We went beyond the recent news headlines to ask: Why are so many people being killed, not only in Chicago, but in many Midwestern cities? What will it take to stop the violence? We also learned about community efforts in Danville and Peoria to reduce gun violence.


Illinois Supreme Court
January 04, 2017

Final Report Due Soon From Governor’s Criminal Justice Reform Panel

Any day now, Governor Bruce Rauner's criminal justice reform commission is expected to release its final set of recommendations. It's trying to figure out how to safely reduce Illinois' prison population by 25 percent over the next decade.


Chicago Alerman Ameya Pawar.
Ald. Pawar
January 04, 2017

Chicago Alderman Becomes First Dem To Announce Gubernatorial Bid

Ameya Pawar, a two-term Chicago alderman, on Tuesday became the first Democrat to formally announce he will seek his party’s nomination to run against incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Pawar, who represents Chicago's 47th Ward, said he is running because he wants to tackle income inequality and criticized Rauner’s tenure.


Vermilion County seal
Vermilion County
January 03, 2017

Vermilion County Board Exploring Change In Leadership Model

Vermilion County Board Chair Mike Marron is appointing a bipartisan ad-hoc committee to investigate whether the county would function under a part-time chairman and professional administrator, the same leadership structure used in Peoria and McLean Counties. He says the county has expanded to where it may need someone with more experience in public administration.


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.


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