Head shot of University of Illinois law professor John Colombo
University of Illinois College of Law
January 12, 2017

Encore: Law Professor Dissects Property Tax Exemption Case

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case on the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions involving Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. In this encore conversation, University of Illinois Law Professor John Colombo spoke about the arguments both sides are making in the case.


University of Illinois Police Training Institute
University of Illinois
January 09, 2017

Urbana Mayor Wants Police Training To Remain At UI Campus

A resolution on Monday night's Urbana City Council agenda, suggested by Mayor Laurel Prussing, calls for keeping the Police Training Institute at its current site in Champaign. The measure comes as Decatur philanthropist Howard Buffett has announced plans to build a new training facility in his city. Prussing was among those who worked to save PTI at the university a few years ago.


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.


Illinois House chambers.
Matt Turner / Flickr
January 03, 2017

Illinois Issues: New Laws In 2017

The state still doesn’t have a budget. A stopgap spending plan, which was approved over the summer, will end on January 1, leaving social service agencies, institutions of higher education and others in the lurch. But, in the past year, legislators did approve hundreds of pieces of legislation, which the governor signed. Nearly 200 laws will go into effect at the start of the new year — close to the number that went into effect at the start of each of the past three years.


A Jimmy John's location in Urbana
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
December 07, 2016

Jimmy John’s Agrees To End Non-Compete Deals In Illinois

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Jimmy John's sandwich chain has agreed to stop requiring low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with competitors. Madigan said in a news release Wednesday that the Champaign-based chain also agreed to inform its employees that previously signed agreements will not be enforced and to tell franchise owners to rescind any existing agreements.


U of I Asian American Studies Professor Naomi Paik addresses Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones and the Academic Senate Monday at the Illini Union.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 05, 2016

Campus Senate Approves ‘Inclusive Climate’ Measure After Healthy Debate

A faculty-student panel at the University of Illinois has passed a measure that renews a commitment to diversity, and a welcoming climate for minority and LGBT students in the wake of the presidential election. But there was also a fair amount of debate at Monday’s meeting of the Urbana Campus Senate - primarily over whether the 'Resolution on an Inclusive Campus Senate' needed further review.


Aaron Schock (right) and attorney George Terwilliger (left) dismissed allegations of any wrongdoing by the former congressman's office. Schock resigned in March 2015.
Cass Herrington/WCBU
November 10, 2016

Defense Team: Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock Is Being Indicted

The grand jury indictment against Aaron Schock accuses the former Illinois congressman of spending $40,000 in government funds to redecorate his Washington office - including the purchase of a $5,000 chandelier. The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield announced the 24-count, 52-page indictment on Thursday. Schock says he will fight the allegations and expose the investigation as a politically-driven witch hunt.


Foellinger Auditorium on the main quad of the U of I's Urbana campus.
Wikimedia Commons
November 10, 2016

U of I Students Report Threats, Harassment After Election

A University of Illinois professor says students of color on the Urbana campus have reported being threatened and harassed after the presidential election.

Latino/Latina Studies Professor Julie Dowling says she's heard students describe seeing a knife flashed at a Muslim student and other cases of harassment.


Justice Lloyd Karmeier is congratulated by fellow Illinois Supreme Court Justices after being sworn in as the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Springfield
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
November 01, 2016

Karmeier Sworn In As Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been sworn in as the 120th chief justice of the state's highest court in a ceremony in Springfield. The 76-year-old Karmeier was sworn in Monday by Justice Rita Garman, who served three years as chief justice. In remarks, Karmeier thanked his colleges for their support, adding that they "hold a special place" in his heart.


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