Police Processional Escorts Body Of Fallen Champaign Officer

CHAMPAIGN – A police processional escorted the body of a slain Champaign police officer from the Champaign county coroner’s office in Urbana to a funeral home in Decatur on Thursday. People lined the processional route in several locations, as the body of 44-year-old Chris Oberheim was taken to Graceland-Fairlawn Funeral Home. One of those locations […]

Measure To Supply Menstrual Products In All School Bathrooms Passes House

SPRINGFIELD – A bill that would require schools to provide free menstrual hygiene products in all bathrooms for grades 4 through 12 passed the Illinois House and will now be up for consideration in the Senate. House Bill 156, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, passed on a 68-43 vote. “This bill will help hundreds […]

New Marijuana Licensing Bill Heads To House Floor

SPRINGFIELD – A bill aimed at allowing more people from distressed communities to get into the lucrative recreational marijuana business is on its way to the House floor as lawmakers head into the final days of the spring 2021 session. “The bill will correct a flawed license lottery system that has prevented minorities from ownership […]

Photo Gallery: Procession For Champaign Officer Chris Oberheim

URBANA – Many people lined up to honor a fallen Champaign police officer during a procession from Urbana to Decatur. Authorities say a gunman killed 44-year-old Officer Chris Oberheim during a shootout at an apartment complex early Wednesday. Here are pictures and video images from the procession to honor Oberheim on Thursday.

Procession For Fallen Officer To Begin Thursday at 1pm

URBANA – A procession for fallen Champaign officer Chris Oberheim will wind through Central Illinois on Thursday afternoon. The Champaign Police Department said the procession will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Champaign County Coroner’s Office on Art Bartell Road in Urbana. It will proceed down Main and Vine Streets to University Avenue. From there […]

Black Lives Matter Louisville Trying To Improve Community Health

LOUISVILLE — Outside a high-rise apartment building for seniors in Louisville’s West End, volunteer Harriett Rankin helped residents board a long white van to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Rankin has been with Black Lives Matter Louisville for about a year. She’s been to some protests downtown, many of which BLM Louisville […]

217 Today: Thursday May 20, 2021

Thursday May 20, 2021 Today’s headlines: Officials say the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Champaign police officer is ongoing. Students in Illinois would be required to return to in-person learning this fall under a resolution unanimously approved by the State Board of Education. The Champaign County Board will hold a public hearing and […]

Champaign County Executive Vetoes Democrats’ County Board District Map

2nd UPDATE: May 21 2021 5:45 p.m. – Champaign County Executive Darlene Kloeppel has vetoed a new district map that the county board approved Thursday night, and is asking the county board to reconsider the question at its June 24 meeting. In her veto message released Friday, Kloeppel said Democrats had not taken the time […]