While it's unclear when the Illinois Supreme Court will address the issue of car searches in an era of legal possession of small amounts of marijuana, the Colorado Supreme Court has already concluded that 'the odor of marijuana is suggestive of criminal activity.'

Last week, Presiding Judge Tom Difanis appointed the Office of the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor to review Urbana police reports generated about a Jan. 7 incident in which state Rep. Carol Ammons allegedly took a Coach purse from the Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique, 810 W. University Ave., U.

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The Census Bureau has a goal of recruiting 1,928 people in Champaign County to fill its hiring pool for the $20.50-an-hour jobs, and as of Wednesday, it was just 43 percent of the way there, said Jeanine Beasley, media coordinator for the regional office in Chicago.

The 12-member Census Advisory Panel was created to serve as an advisory board to the Census Office within the state Department of Human Services to help ensure a complete and accurate census count in Illinois, according to an executive order.

Why bother watching the Senate impeachment trial of the 45th President? There are plenty of reasons, as laid out for The News-Gazette by eight UI professors of political science and law.

The Illinois Supreme Court's order against Walter Ding stemmed from a four-count complaint filed in August 2018 by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for neglecting a client, failing to return unearned fees, practicing at a time he hadn’t registered, and failing to cooperate with the ARDC in its investigation of his conduct.

Sunnyside in Champaign closed Wednesday and today to both recreational and medical customers due to extremely low inventory, the company said, while NuMed Urbana, has had to temporarily stop selling to recreational-marijuana customers.

At Tuesday’s meeting, city staff recommended not sponsoring any events, as there isn’t a recurring source of revenue, but multiple members said the council likely wouldn’t follow that, and that it could discourage worthy events from coming to Champaign.

The League of Women Voters of Champaign County, NAACP Champaign County and The News-Gazette will host two candidates’ forums in advance of the March 17 primaries. And for the first time ever, there will be an opportunity for the public to submit questions for the candidates in advance.

Tonight in Iowa — where the race for 2020 will officially kick off with the state caucuses in 20 days — it’s Democratic debate No. 7, featuring a cast of just six.

U.S. Supreme Court opinions are the judicial equivalent of thunderbolts hurled down from Mt. Olympus — fiery missives that can land just about anywhere with significant consequences. Ten days ago, one hit a Champaign County courtroom.