What’s in the SAFE-T Act? A look at the 2021 criminal justice reform and how it has evolved

SPRINGFIELD – Amid a campaign season in which every constitutional office and seat in the Illinois General Assembly will be up for vote, rising crime and a landmark criminal justice reform passed in 2021 have become dominant topics for Republicans trying to loosen Democrats’ hold on state government. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, known […]

Increasing gun violence raises issue of community-wide trauma among residents

Yvonne Miller likes driving her white Volvo because it reminds her of driving with her son.  On her license plate is the word “STUFF.” The bold, black letters stand out against the light blue color of her “Prevent Violence” license plate.  “Stuff” is a tribute to Miller’s 23-year-old son, Christopher Kelly. It was a nickname […]

Senate Democrats unveil legislation aimed at addressing carjackings

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Senate Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday to address the increase in carjackings by protecting victims and providing additional resources to law enforcement in targeting and capturing offenders. House Bill 3699, sponsored by Sen. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago, would aim to provide additional resources to metropolitan law enforcement groups or other law enforcement cooperatives to […]

Gun Violence In Champaign Could Surpass 2019 Say Leaders

The Champaign City Building figures prominently in this view of downtown Champaign, as seen from University Avenue.

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign reported a record 100 incidents of gun violence last year. This year is only half over and the city says there has already been 95 incidents. On Tuesday, city leaders said most of the shootings are between people who know each other. Anthony Cobb is the police chief. “Gun violence does not […]

News Around Illinois – January 24, 2020

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Champaign Co. Board Republicans Block Budgeting For Treasurer Staffing URBANA – $25,000 in budget amendments to cover extra staffing last year in the Champaign County Treasurer’s office fell short of needed super-majorities at Thursday night’s county board meeting. Republicans opposed the amendments to show their disapproval of the office’s performance under Democrat Laurel Prussing. The […]