Photo: Becky McCray/flickr
November 02, 2016

Unopposed Races in Illinois; Coalition Seeks To Change Illinois Bail System; Cubs Force Game 7

On the 21st: The Cubs are one game away from ending a century-long World Series Championship drought. We talked about that, plus we learned why more than 60 percent of Illinois state house races are going uncontested this election year. We also spoke with members of an Illinois coalition seeking to change the state's bail system.


Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek speaks during a news conference Wednesday, at Des Moines police headquarters.
Scott McFetridge / AP
November 02, 2016

2 Iowa Police Officers Killed In Apparent ‘Ambush-Style’ Attacks

A suspect is being sought in the killing of two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. The two officers were shot and killed early Wednesday as they sat in their squad cars.

"The shootings appear to have been ambush-style attacks," police spokesman Paul Parizek said in a statement.


Two yard signs in Urbana show opposition for proposed sales tax increase for facilities projects.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 01, 2016

Champaign County Voters Have Three Referenda On November Ballot

Voters in Champaign County have three countywide referenda on the ballot this year.  Two of them are dueling proposals about whether to elect a countywide board chair or executive.  The third would raise the county’s sales tax one quarter of a percentage point for a period of twelve years, with the revenue slated to go toward facilities projects, including an expanded county jail at the satellite location in east Urbana.


Champaign County Circuit Clerk's Office
October 21, 2016

Expungement Summit To Help Champaign County Residents Remove Criminal Records From Public View

For the first time, Champaign County is holding a public meeting to help some people with criminal records remove those records from public access to help them move on with their lives.

Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman says those with old convictions, particularly juvenile records, have trouble getting a job, and have few financial resources. 


Tracy Parsons with the City of Champaign discusses goals of the CU Fresh Start Program with reporters, along with Mayor Deb Feinen, Rev. Ricky Parks, and Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
October 07, 2016

C-U Anti-Violence Initiative Holds First ‘Call-In’

Community leaders in Champaign-Urbana have been working on the CU Fresh Start approach to gun violence for nearly a year. Thursday marked the program's 'Call-In', giving offenders with a background tied to gun crime a chance to connect to community resources and reform their lives. "We recognize that we can't arrest our way out of this problem," says Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly.


In this April 27, 2016, file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
October 04, 2016

Victim Says Hastert ‘A Monster’ Protected By Child Abuse Law

A man who says Dennis Hastert sexually abused him decades ago told Illinois lawmakers the former U.S. House speaker was protected by the statute of limitations and wasn't appropriately punished. Scott Cross called Hastert "a monster" when making the comments during a hearing in Chicago Tuesday.


Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and Public Defender George Vargas debate during Tuesday's forum in the Champaign City Council chambers.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 29, 2016

Vargas, Rietz, Spar In Candidates Forum

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and opponent and Assistant Public Defender George Vargas found little to agree on during a candidates' forum Thursday. He alleged "incompetence" on the part of her office, referencing the weekend shootings near the University of Illinois, and why suspect Robbie Patton was allowed to spend time in a Corrections boot camp, and was not imprisoned for a prior incident.


Robbie M. Patton, wanted for murder in the weekend shooting incident at Campustown in Champaign.
Champaign Police Department
September 28, 2016

Police Seek Suspect In Campustown Shooting

Authorities are seeking 18-year-old Robbie M. Patton of Champaign in connection with the shooting on E. Green Street in the Campustown neighborhood, that left one person dead and three others injured.


Portrait of Suja Thomas
University of Illinois
September 28, 2016

Decline Of Jury Trials Harmful, According To U Of I Professor

The right to a criminal trial by jury is spelled out in the United States Constitution, both in Article Three, and in the Sixth Amendment.  Despite the right to a trial by jury, fewer than five percent of criminal cases filed in court are actually decided by a jury.  And that’s a problem, according to University of Illinois law professor Suja Thomas. 


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