October 10, 2014

2nd Annual Oktoberfest In Champaign Saturday

If you’re around downtown Champaign Saturday, be prepared to see some lederhosen wearers at the second annual Oktoberfest, in front of the Orpheum Theatre.


October 10, 2014

Champaign Chooses New Fire Chief

The search process lasted more than a year, but Champaign has its new fire chief.  The city has announced Gary Ludwig will take over as chief on November 17th. 

He’s the former deputy fire chief in Memphis, Tennessee, and currently managing director for the Ludwig Group, which does consulting in firefighting and EMS services.

Former Champaign Fire Chief Doug Forsman retired late last year, after 17 years with the department.

"Gary's wealth of experience will be an asset to the Champaign Fire Department," said City Manager Dorothy David, in a press release.  "He is an educator, a proven leader, and a nationally known expert in fire and emergency medical services."

"I am honored and humbled to have been selected by Ms. David," said Ludwig.  "The City of Champaign is a wonderful and vibrant community that my wife and I look forward to being a part of."

Ludwig has 37 years in city and county emergency medical and fire service.  He’ll earn $135-thousand annually.


Malala Yousafzai poses for photos in New York.

(Frank Franklin II/AP)

October 10, 2014

Pakistani Teen Malala Yousafzai Shares Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was attacked by Taliban militants for promoting education for girls, will share the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against exploitation of children.


Restaurant complaint form

(Darrell Hoemann/CU Citizen Access.org)

October 10, 2014

Restaurant Complaints Mounting In Champaign County

Clumps of hair at the bottom of coffee cups and green slime leaking out of meat sandwiches were among the more extreme examples of complaints filed by customers and restaurant employees against food establishments this year.


World Bank President Jim Yong Kim listens during a news conference at IMF Headquarters.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

October 09, 2014

World’s Finance Officials Pledge More Ebola Help

Nations at a World Bank meeting in Washington vow to send more aid quickly to countries battling Ebola.  They also promise medical evacuations for health care responders.


John Shimkus, during an interview with WILL in 2013.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

October 09, 2014

Shimkus: Time To Support Allied Action In Russia

Congressman John Shimkus says the US and Russia are in another Cold War.  The Republican said he’s prepared to vote on military action to support Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists.


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