Screen capture from a TV campaign ad from State Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, attacking his GOP opponent, Dave Severin, over criminal justice reform.
Friends of John Bradley
September 02, 2016

After Politician’s ‘Soft On Crime’ Attack, Advocates Fight Back

In an era of political gridlock, one of the few topics on which there's been hope of bipartisan cooperation is on the issues of crime and punishment. Politicians have traditionally been averse to doing anything that could get them painted as being "soft on crime." It's an easy attack, and one that's been frequently deployed in the past. But this year, criminal justice reform advocates are fighting back, as in the case of an Illinois Democrat facing scare-mongering ads about criminal justice reform. 


Janet Rayfield watching a game from the sideline
FightingIllini.com
September 02, 2016

Bandwagon Bits: Janet Rayfield

Illinois Soccer Coach Janet Rayfield joined Brian Moline, Lisa Bralts, and John Steinbacher in this week's episode of The Bandwagon sports podcast.  Rayfield shared her thoughts on the problems with youth sports and player development in the United States.


U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth met with panel of Parkland College students on campus Thursday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 02, 2016

Durbin, Duckworth Address Higher Ed Costs At Parkland

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth say college students are graduating with an 'overwhelming' amount of debt. During a panel at Parkland College in Champaign Thursday, the two discussed efforts to refinance the debt, increase Pell Grants, and allow for two years' free community college.


Gov. Bruce Rauner during an appearance at a school in Mahomet June 1.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 01, 2016

Rauner Fires 29 From Patronage Scandal Under Predecessors

Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid off 29 Illinois Department of Transportation employees who were among those improperly hired based on political connections. The Republican said Thursday he issued notices to the so-called "staff assistants" hired by skirting personnel rules under two previous Democratic governors.


Champaign Paralympian Nichole Millage (front, third from right) takes a photo with co-workers from the city at the Dodds Park Olympic and Paralympic Tribute Thursday,
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
August 31, 2016

Champaign Paralympian Millage Is Ready For Rio

Champaign city employee Nichole Millage is prepping for her third, and likely final, Paralympics, starting in Rio Wednesday.  A member of the USA Sitting Volleyball team, Millage says she's not concerned about reports of Brazil's economic crisis, and what that might mean to the games.


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