Brad Sweeney, who was fired as Decatur's Police Chief Thursday.
City of Decatur
February 04, 2016

Decatur Fires Police Chief But Doesn’t Say Why

The city issued a press release Thursday stating that Brad Sweeney, who's been chief since January 2015, has been fired, but City Manager Tim Gleason said he wouldn't provide further comment because this is a personnel matter.  Deputy Chief James Getz was named interim police chief.


Pens to Lens logo
Champaign-Urbana Film Society
February 04, 2016

Pens To Lens Accepting Screenplay Entries

The annual Pens to Lens screenwriting competition is accepting entries from area K-12 students from now through February 29.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with two members of the C-U Film Society board, AJ Christensen and WILL-TV's Tim Meyers about this year's event.


Malcolm Hill shoots free throws.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 04, 2016

Illini Men Outlast Rutgers

It took three overtimes, but the Illinois men's basketball team survived Rutgers for a Big Ten road win.


A judge's gavel.
WUIS
February 03, 2016

Illinois Issues: What Are Consent Decrees?

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to get the state out of legal agreements called consent decrees. The deals are a big part of the reason the government is still operating without a budget; they also impact the lives of thousands of Illinois residents. But unless you are affected by one, you've probably never heard of them.


Champaign Police Car
Wikimedia Commons
February 03, 2016

Champaign Council Approves $70,000 Settlement, Third Involving Officer Rush

The three excessive force lawsuit settlements involving police officer Matt Rush total $320,000.  Concerned citizens have been calling for for Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz to file charges against Rush. Council members also may lobby with Urbana leaders for changes in the police union arbitration process.


In this June 10, 2015 file photo, Illinois state Comptroller Leslie Munger speaks at a news conference in Chicago
Christian K. Lee/Associated Press
February 02, 2016

Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B In Debt Without Budget

Illinois is on track to fall more than $6 billion further into debt amid the months-long budget stalemate. Comptroller Leslie Munger says spending will outpace last year's rates by $1.2 billion, which also includes a $5 billion revenue drop from the rolled back temporary income tax increase.


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