Christensen lawyers Evan and Tom Bruno meet the media outside Urbana Federal Court

Mark Schultz/Illinois Public Media

August 28, 2017 - News Local/State

Trial In Yingying Zhang Kidnapping Postponed Until February

A federal judge in Urbana has postponed until February the trial of the man accused of kidnapping U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang. The trial of Brendt Christensen is now scheduled to begin on February 27, 2018.


Bruce Rauner

Brian Mackey / IPR

August 28, 2017 - News Local/State

Governor Signs Bill Blocking State Police Arrests On Immigration Status

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law Monday meant to protect immigrants who are in the U-S illegally. The law is called the TRUST Act, and it prohibits Illinois police from arresting people based only on their immigration status, unless they have a warrant signed by a judge.


Gov. Bruce Rauner

IL Dept. of Central Management Services

August 28, 2017 - News Local/State

Rauner Signs Automatic Voter Registration Bill

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure Monday allowing automatic voter registration in Illinois. Illinois joins more than half a dozen other states with some form of automatic registration, which proponents say boosts civic participation.  


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

G-Jun Yam/AP

August 28, 2017 - The 21st Show

Voter Registration; Hate Crimes; Risks Of Combining Prescription Drugs

On the 21st: We discussed the new voter registration legislation signed by the governor. Plus, we got a preview of an upcoming public hate crime forum at Bradley University and talked to a Chicago Tribune reporter whose investigation into the dangers of combining prescription drugs has led to new pharmacy regulations in Illinois.


Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday in Houston, Texas.

David J. Phillip/AP

August 27, 2017 - News Local/State

At Least One Person Killed As ‘Catastrophic’ Floods Inundate Houston

At least one person was killed Saturday night as the Houston area is inundated by torrential rain and catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey, which officials called an "unprecedented" weather event that has left some residents stranded in their flooding homes and overwhelmed rescue workers.


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