A black tee shirt reading Ride for Ray.

Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media

December 11, 2015 - News Local/State

Ray Spooner’s “Little Ride” Continues To Grow; Benefit On Sunday

In October, we told you the story of Ray Spooner, the Urbana man with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, who was embarking on a bike ride across the country to raise money and awareness for ALS research.  Ray is back home after finishing his ride, though it was anything but smooth.  As Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline learned this week, Ray’s “little ride” has turned into something much bigger.


Opponents of the pension rescue plan demonstrate outside a meeting of pension fund officials.

Teamsters For A Democratic Union

December 11, 2015 - News Local/State

Teamster Retirees Face Big Pension Cuts

Herb Trix reports on the proposed "pension rescue plan" that would cut benefits up to 60% for many retired members of the Teamsters Union in the midwest. Without the cuts, officials with the Central States Pension Fund says the fund will run out of money in ten years.


Audience for the forum on the Black Lives Matter movement and Black student protests at the University of Illinois.

WILL Staff

December 11, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Forum on Black Student Protests Draws Hundreds

The university's Department of African-American Studies was the main sponsor of the forum focused on the black Lives Matter Movement and Black student protest on campus, in Champaign-Urbana and beyond.


A Champaign Police squad car

Wikimedia Commons

December 10, 2015 - News Local/State

Documents Show How Un-Fired Officer Is Back On Patrol

This past spring, a Champaign police officer was let back on patrol after nearly being fired for excessive use of force. Eight months later, videos and documents have finally been released showing multiple accounts of the officer using force against civilians.


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Ameren

December 10, 2015 - News Local/State

State Regulators Approve Higher Rates for Ameren For 2016

Ameren says the new rates will add an expected $2 to $6 per month to the typical home natural gas bill and $2 to $7 per month to the typical home electric bill, starting in January.


Illini men's basketball player Kendrick Nunn shooting for a basket.

Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media

December 10, 2015 - News Local/State

Illini Outlasts Yale, 69-65

Kendrick Nunn scored 18 of his career-high 28 points in the second half and Malcolm Hill finished with 20 Wednesday night to help Illinois beat Yale 69-65.
 


Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan of Chicago at the Illinois State Capitol, December 1, 2015, in Springfield.

Seth Perlman/Associated Press

December 09, 2015 - News Local/State

House Speaker Suggests Restoring Five-Percent Income Tax

The top Democrat in the Illinois House, House Speaker Michael Madigan, told the City Club of Chicago Wednesday that Illinois' income tax should be restored to the five percent level it was at until January. But Madigan later clarified his comments, saying he has no plans to introduce such legislation.


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Courage Connection

December 09, 2015 - News Local/State

State Making Good On Funds For Domestic Violence Shelters

While the larger issue of a state budget remains unsolved, two area social service agencies are among those that expect to see Illinois' share of its funding this month.  They include Champaign-based Courage Connection, which will soon see nearly all its $400,000 that was expected in July.


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