Author Archives: Ricky Baldwin

Need a Reason to Vote? War and Impeachment

Urbana-Champaign may be “Impeach Bush Central”- and one of the very few places in the country where voters can have their say directly on both impeachment and war. Local voters will see a referendum on each of these questions on … Continue reading

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Who is Policing the Police?

“It’s the fox in charge of the henhouse,” noted one Urbana resident at a recent City Council meeting. He was expressing in the negative the most elementary principle of justice: you just can’t investigate yourself. The rule applies to government … Continue reading

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Can We Vote? Barriers to Full Participation Remain Rampant

Carol Ammons says the Champaign County Clerk’s office has rejected hundreds of voter registrations collected during a drive by her group, C-U Citizens for Peace and Justice, and the reasons for rejection seem hard to swallow. One local man allegedly … Continue reading

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News and Views from the UK

“It must be a very interesting time in the States at the moment,” remarked our server at dinner, “with November coming up.”My wife Catharine and I were enjoying a rare night out without children in her hometown of Wivenhoe, population … Continue reading

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U of I Board of Trustees: Who Are They?

       has once again postponed their decision on “honorably retiring” the controversial Chief Illiniwek mascot, scheduled for their March 11th meeting. Trustee Frances Carroll, the recent Blagojevich appointee who had proposed the mascot’s removal, … Continue reading

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New Freedom Riders Rally Supporters in Urbana and 100 Other Cities

     , a crowd of nearly 200 gathered in front of the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana to welcome 45 bus riders from Chicago. The bus was part of “La Caravana de la Libertad para los … Continue reading

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