The Finchley Boys from a publicity shot in the late 1960's.

The Finchley Boys

News Local/State - October 07, 2016

Finchley Boys Reuniting For Red Lion Event, CD Release

The Finchley Boys were one of Champaign-Urbana’s most popular bands during the area’s rock heyday of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Although the band broke up in 1974, they’re reuniting this weekend for the Red Lion Inn 50th Anniversary Reunion at The City Center in downtown Champaign.

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

News Local/State - 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.

David Gill

(Sean Powers/WILL)

News Local/State - October 06, 2016

David Gill Ends Campaign For Congress

David Gill is ending his bid for Illinois’ 13th District congressional seat, after failing to get a hearing before the U-S Supreme Court.

Portrait of Guy Raz.


News Local/State - October 06, 2016

NPR’s Guy Raz Discusses ‘How I Built This’

Many WILL listeners know Guy Raz from the TED Radio Hour, which airs on Saturdays on AM-580 and is available on the NPR One app.  And now, he’s hosting a new NPR podcast called “How I Built This,” featuring conversations with the founders of some of the world’s best known companies. Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with Guy Raz from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Senator Scott Bennett (D) and Republican Urbana Alderman Mike Madigan debate during Wednesday's forum at the Champaign City Building.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 06, 2016

Bennett, Madigan Seek Solutions To Illinois’ Financial Woes

52nd District Senate incumbent Democrat Scott Bennett of Champaign and Republican challenger Mike Madigan found a few areas to agree on during Wednesday's candidate forum in Champaign, but Madigan also endorsed a number of business reforms touted by Governor Bruce Rauner in recent months. The two also looked at where they would make cuts in government operations, and where they stand on pensions.

In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, lead grower Dave Wilson care for marijuana plants in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana center in Albion, IL.

Seth Perlman/Associated Press

News Local/State - October 05, 2016

Adding Patients To Pilot Program Now Relies Largely On Courts

In July, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a measure extending the state’s medical marijuana pilot program from January 2018 to July 2020. But as a condition, Illinois' Public Health Director now has sole discretion over adding more qualifying conditions, leaving no power to a re-constituted panel of experts. Chicago Tribune reporter Robert McCoppin recently wrote on current efforts to add them, relying largely on court rulings tied to a series of lawsuits.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis rides a C-U Mass Transit bus with CUMTD managing director Karl Gnadt.

Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 05, 2016

US Rep. Davis Highlights Support For Mass Transit

Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has been holding news conferences with local transit officials in central Illinois this week, to highlight his work for mass transit.

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