Baker Siddique and wife Nazmun

Rachel Otwell/WUIS

December 16, 2015 - News Local/State

Being Muslim In Illinois

Muslims in Illinois are coping with increased scrutiny and incendiary rhetoric. We take you inside a local mosque and introduce you to a business owner in Champaign-Urbana.


In this Sept. 5, 2015 file photo, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas congratulates players after an NCAA college football game against in Champaign, Ill.

Stephen Haas/Associated Press

December 16, 2015 - News Local/State

Judge Tosses Claims Against Former Illinois AD, Soccer Coach

Former athletic director Mike Thomas, who was fired last month, and soccer coach Janet Rayfield are no longer defendants in the lawsuit filed by former U of I soccer player Janet Rayfield.  Judge Jeffrey Ford says the suit didn't provide a basis for claims.


Cinda Klickna standing in an office.

Dusty Rhodes/Illinois Public Radio

December 16, 2015 - News Local/State

IEA Leader Eager To Dump ‘No Child Left Behind’

How many standardized test do you remember taking when you were in school?  Your answer probably depends on whether you finished school before 2002 when No Child Left Behind took effect.  Illinois Public Radio's Dusty Rhodes discusses NCLB's replacement, the Every Student Succeeds Act, with Illinois Education Association President Cinda Klickna.


Community activist Martel Miller of Urbana holds up a flyer of Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, along with several other protesters, at Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

December 16, 2015 - News Local/State

Champaign Council Approves Second Officer Rush Settlement, Protesters Call For Resignation

Champaign City Council members Tuesday approved a second excessive force lawsuit settlement involving Police Officer Matt Rush, this one for $225,000, but only after an hour of emotional public comments and a march by activists through the downtown streets, calling for Rush to step down and face criminal charges.


Sign for Western Illinois University

Rich Egger/Tri-States Public Radio

December 16, 2015 - News Local/State

WIU Board To Delay Decision On Budget

The administration at Western Illinois University in Macomb wants time to revise its budget-cutting plan, and is asking the Board of Trustees to delay its vote on the plan until next month.


Still from police dashcam video of Benjamin Mann being led away by Champaign officers after altercation on March 16, 2014.

Champaign Police Department

December 15, 2015 - News Local/State

Champaign City Council To Vote On $225K Settlement

Champaign City Council members will be voting on the settlement of an excessive-force lawsuit involving the same Champaign police officer, Officer Matt Rush, for the second time in three weeks.


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