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This fall, Matthew Wilhelm was killed by a driver, Jennifer Stark, who was downloading ringtones onto her cellphone. Because of gaps in Illinois law, it was only possible to charge Stark with improper lane usage. Now the Wilhelm family, the Champaign County State's Attorney, and cycling advocates are working to introduce new legislation to make it possible to charge distracted drivers with more serious offenses.
The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC) is located in the historic Post Office building in the heart of downtown Urbana. We offer a several of spaces that can accommodate a wide variety of events at affordable rates for hourly, daily and weekly events. We also have a number of studio and office spaces available. As a non-profit organization, the UCIMC offers these spaces at affordable rates for your use.
The UCIMC offers spaces for public and private gatherings ranging from as few as 10 to as many as 600 attendees. Amenities include a stage, professional lighting and sound equipment, tables, chairs and free wireless internet. Smaller meeting/breakout spaces are also available, as well as a public access computer lab.
Contact us for a tour today: email@example.com or 217-344-8820.
Many are now familiar with the infamous story of Sergeant Jon Burge in Chicago. In 2002, it was found that Sgt. Burge and his underlings had tortured over 150 Black men in Chicago jails. Burge had used a hand-cranked army field phone to deliver electric shocks to criminal suspects. We often assume that these incidents of police brutality only occur in big cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Yet the discovery of these abuses in Champaign-Urbana, a sleepy Midwestern college town in downstate Illinois, is a sign that they are going on all over the country. As violence escalates overseas, with the United States tightening its imperial grip in the Middle East, we see a corresponding rise in violence at home. Like Sgt. Burge who learned his torture techniques in Vietnam, the use of hoods to torture individuals was discovered in Champaign County jails not long after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in the media.