Wounded Officer Out Of Hospital; Funeral Plans Set For Slain Colleague

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Police Officer Jeffrey Creel has been released from the hospital, after being wounded by gunfire during the domestic disturbance call, in which fellow Officer Chris Oberheim was killed. Meanwhile, a Decatur funeral home says Oberheim’s funeral will be held next week. Graceland-Fairlawn Funeral Home announced on its website that services will be […]

Theatre’s Gradual Return In C-U

  URBANA — Things haven’t been easy for community theaters in Champaign-Urbana this past year, according to their leaders. Kelly Nowlin, executive director of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company (or CUTC), said they’ve been unable to do any live shows since they canceled their March 2020 show in the middle of its run. “It was […]

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Bid That Would’ve Blown Up State’s Finances

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously shot down a legal challenge to bonds issued by the state in 2003 and 2017, which sought to halt repayment on the bond debt — likely leading to default and fiscal chaos. Instead, Illinois’ seven high court justices agreed the state’s two bond sales in question […]

Lawmakers Demand Pritzker Open Unemployment Offices To Public, Want Answers On Fraud Payments

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ Department of Employment Security has received more than 1.3 million fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, the state isn’t making public how much money has actually been paid out to fraudsters. Gov. JB Pritzker this week said an ongoing federal investigation into pandemic-related unemployment fraud […]

217 Today: Friday May 21, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021 Today’s headlines: A police processional escorted the body of a slain Champaign police officer Thursday from Urbana to Decatur. Sex education teaching standards would be updated in Illinois under a bill that passed the State Senate Thursday. A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is urging Gov. JB Pritzker to reopen the state’s […]