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Gun rights group sues Highland Park

SPRINGFIELD – A gun rights group is challenging the city of Highland Park’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in a mass shooting there on July 4. The National Association for Gun Rights, based in Loveland, Colorado, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal district court in Chicago at the same […]

217 Today: Champaign invests COVID-19 relief in grassroots program to deter gun violence

Thursday, September 8, 2022 Today’s headlines: A cannabis advocacy group is warning the state’s recreational marijuana program has a lot of problems that need immediate attention. Bringing more diversity into the green economy is one of the central goals of Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act signed into law last September. Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis […]

Brothers build safe community with FirstFollowers

CHAMPAIGN – Ri’Chard Frazier took his role as a big brother seriously from a young age. By middle school, being the “tough” one started to get him in trouble. He bounced between public and alternative schools. The first time he felt cared for was at FirstFollowers, a nonprofit Champaign recently entrusted with half a million […]