Moderator Liz Westfield asks a question during a recent News and Brews event at Riggs Beer Company in Urbana.

Illinois Newsroom

December 10, 2018

What Happens To Pot Convictions If Illinois Legalizes?

Several attendees to a recent Illinois Newsroom event about legalizing recreational marijuana asked what will happen to those who are currently incarcerated on cannabis-related charges, as well as those who have felony records for pot convictions.


Robert Mueller leaves a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2017.

Alex Wong/Getty Images

December 09, 2018

All The Criminal Charges To Emerge So Far From Robert Mueller’s Investigation

The special counsel investigation has resulted in criminal counts against more than 30 people and three Russian entities. And while the final outcome of the Mueller probe remains far from certain, it has already generated new insights into how Russia targeted the election, the presidential transition and Trump's business empire.


Pontiac Correctional Center

WGLT

December 07, 2018

Court Monitor: To Change ‘Culture Of Abuse’ In Illinois Prisons, First Help Traumatized Staff

In a report filed in federal court earlier this week, court-appointed monitor Dr. Pablo Stewart said he’s “absolutely convinced” mentally ill inmates are abused by staff at the Pontiac Correctional Center. He said the abusive behavior is inexcusable—but it’s also important to understand the context for it if there's to be any hope for real change.


Paige Pfleger/Side Effects Public Media

November 29, 2018

Ohio Program Keeps Moms And Babies Together – Even In Prison

The Ohio Reformatory for Women’s Achieving Baby Care Success program, or ABC, lets women who are pregnant when they’re incarcerated keep their babies in prison – giving them the opportunity to do things like breastfeed and bond with their newborn, which studies show improve children’s long-term health and well-being.


University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

November 15, 2018

Urbana Schools Administrator Charged With Felony Eavesdropping

The Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Instruction for Urbana School District 116, Samuel Byndom, has been charged with felony eavesdropping for allegedly trying to bug a closed door meeting of the Urbana Board of Education, the Champaign County State’s Attorney announced Thursday.


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