In disclosing that she will not personally file a legal challenge to county Clerk Aaron Ammons’ refusal to accept her election filing papers, Marisol Hughes said litigation is needed to settle the issue of whether Maryam Ar-Raheem or Carol Ammons is the party chairwoman.
One can call the state’s fireworks laws either 'outdated' or 'principled,' but one thing seems clear — they won't be changing anytime soon.
Marisol Hughes, the current appointed treasurer dumped by Democrats loyal to state Rep. Carol Ammons, said she’s considering challenging County Clerk Aaron Ammons’ decision to reject her candidacy filing.
The intra-party feud over control of the Champaign County Democratic Party has reached its high-water mark — at least so far — now that the two rival factions each have slated their own candidates to run for county treasurer.
Almost half of the published history of the 168-year-old News-Gazette now resides at the Urbana Free Library and eventually will be open to the public to browse and enjoy.
Champaign County Executive Darlene Kloeppel filed a lawsuit this past week in search of a judicial ruling that would expand her authority at the expense of the county board.
How much value is there in wearing masks? Is an individual who has the virus but is asymptomatic contagious? Was Gov. J.B. Pritzker's lockdown really worth the devastating economic costs that have been and will be paid? There are lots of opinions, but no undisputed answers for the time being.
Sometimes, the best defense is a good offense, and no one knows that better than former Illini and current Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.
The governor's efforts to ease the state's problems have considerably complicated circumstances in county jails, where the number of inmates awaiting transfer to prison grows each day.
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There isn’t a Fireball Festival in Crescent City this year — the coronavirus pandemic saw to that — on the 50th anniversary of one of the scariest days in central Illinois history.
An examination of the House speaker's list of 'recommendations for the new administration' by Chicago public radio station WBEZ shows that the governor accepted 37 of the 76 nominees.
'If she’s going to throw the book at people for property damage, I would hope she also is prosecuting those who have consistently committed hate crimes, police violence and other egregious acts against people of color.'
There’s a lot of griping, much of it valid, about problems in the office of the Champaign County treasurer — which, when it was run by Dan Welch from 1998 to 2017, avoided controversy like a virus.
Owner Steve Suderman, whose store was first shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and then hit by looters, said he feels a little bit like Job, the biblical character forced to suffer at length. But he predicted that things will slowly get better.
We are in a decisive moment. In some sense, we’ve been inexorably moving toward this time and place since the Ferguson Uprising. However, we’re not at the proverbial crossroad. We took a right turn toward fascism four years ago. What this time represents is a moment in which we can turn back…
The circumstances of Candace Wanzo's alleged criminality in Secretary of State Jesse White's office are odd. But what's really odd about Wanzo is how she was hired to her well-compensated position of trust in the first place.
In an unusual recent decision by a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court, justices concluded that because juvenile sentencing factors do not apply to a mentally disabled adult, individuals who fall into the latter category may legitimately be sentenced to harsher penalties.
Joe Biden wasn’t the first choice for president among Champaign County Democrats, but it appears they are fully embracing him now, according to campaign contributions data.
After not filing to run for the Illinois Senate in December, Champaign lawyer A.J. Ruggieri was recently slated by the Champaign County Republican Party to run against Democratic 52nd District incumbent Scott Bennett.
I am picturing a judges meeting about five months ago as we embarked on a new calendar year. Undoubtedly, the usual topics were discussed. Based on my former participation in such meetings, I suspect the judges and related court officials reviewed the plans for the possible interruption of o…