The Illinois Department of Central Management Services keeps an inventory of the $71 million worth of military surplus equipment distributed to local police agencies through its Law Enforcement Support Office. The News-Gazette requested that inventory under the Freedom of Information Act. Here's a sampling of the list:
Valued at $499 each
With just 45 days until Election Day — and 30 days until early voting starts in Illinois — it's an appropriate time for a rundown on when and where candidate debates will be held this fall.
As is too often the case there's a dearth of them.
SWAT deployments in Champaign County have been relatively static during the past several years.
URBANA — Marrissa Hellesen just wanted to see how the floppy drive worked.
She opened the computer, examined the drive (this was many years ago — it ran on Windows 95 and had Internet via AOL) and then discovered colored cables, memory cards and other fascinating components. She kept going, taking things out and apart.
In the case of Salaita v. University of Illinois, Alan Dershowitz finds for the defendant. "It will be uphill for (Salaita) to prevail," the lawyer who represented Mike Tyson, Claus von Bulow and Patty Hearst tells The News-Gazette.
CHAMPAIGN — As police take more heat about the heavier and more imposing weapons they carry, area law enforcement agencies say they deploy SWAT teams in only the most dangerous of circumstances and are mindful about when they send out officers in military-style gear.