Former Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, the subject of Tuesday's separation agreement with the city.
Champaign Police
January 17, 2017

Champaign Permanently Terminates Officer Matt Rush

The city of Champaign has permanently terminated police officer Matt Rush after two-and-a-half years of appeals and litigation. City Manager Dorothy David announced the $50,000 separation agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police at the conclusion of Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting. Rush was twice fired by the city, and was the subject of multiple excessive force lawsuits, costing the city more than $300,000 in settlements.


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Public Domain
January 16, 2017

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the 21st: We talk about what it looks like to carry on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, with a pastor in Champaign who was involved in the civil rights movement in Illinois during the 1950s and 1960s. We also speak with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to learn about the connection between Dr. King and President Abraham Lincoln. 


U of I Professor Chris Benson delivered the keynote address at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Awards event Friday at Parkland College.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 16, 2017

U Of I Prof. Benson At King Celebration: ‘Find Your Super Power’

More than 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, University of Illinois associate professor Chris Benson says the US is again facing the “mountain of despair” the civil rights leader once spoke of. The professor of Journalism and African-American Studies delivered the keynote address Friday at the Champaign Countywide King Celebration and Awards event at Parkland College, encouraging the audience of more than 150 to ''find their super power." 


Graphic from Champaign Neighborhood Services Department's presentation on Bristol Place at Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 11, 2017

Champaign Council Initiates Final Phase Of Bristol Place Redevelopment

The city has been working on tearing down and rebuilding homes in the northeast Champaign neighborhood since outlining its goals in 2007. Unanimously backed by the Champaign City Council Tuesday, the plan initiates an agreement with suburban-Chicago based AHDVS, a minority-owned contractor. But city council members stipulated that hiring local minorities was key to the plan's continued backing. 


Hundreds of people raise up lit candles at a memorial vigil for Devon McClyde.
Pam Dempsey / Illinois Public Media
January 04, 2017

The Toll Of Gun Violence Across Illinois

On the 21st: We went beyond the recent news headlines to ask: Why are so many people being killed, not only in Chicago, but in many Midwestern cities? What will it take to stop the violence? We also learned about community efforts in Danville and Peoria to reduce gun violence.


Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner were part of some of 2016's biggest stories for Illinois Issues.
Trump by Michael Vadon/Flickr / Rauner by Brian Mackey/WUIS
December 28, 2016

Illinois Issues: Top Stories Of 2016

There’s still no budget for Illinois, but some big changes to education policy kicked in this year. As the contentious presidential election played out, several national issues affected the lives of citizens here.


U of I President Tim Killeen speaks at Monday's Urbana campus Academic Senate meeting at the Illini Union.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 06, 2016

Killeen: No Sanctuary Status For U Of I

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says the school’s three campuses can not serve as a sanctuary for undocumented students - citing the need to uphold state and federal laws. In a mass e-mail Tuesday, Killeen says the sanctuary concept is not well defined. But he says leaders will continue to do all they can within the law to support and protect all students, including those who are undocumented.


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.


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