Category Archives: Champaign County

Shamar Betts: Caught in a Legal Drama that Started Before He was Born

No one wants to be the poster child for a Supreme Court challenge. However, finding his case before the Supreme Court could not only help Urbana resident Shamar Betts resolve his own situation, but it could redraw the legal lines … Continue reading

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Acceptance or Approval? LGBTQ Housing in 1960s and 1970s Champaign-Urbana

In 1960s Champaign-Urbana, the state and civil society did not actively approve the existence of LGBTQ people, but gave passive acceptance for them to do as they wished in their own homes. Records of this life have been preserved in … Continue reading

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The Effect of the Courts on Everyday Life in America

If the confirmation hearings over the last couple of months haven’t focused attention on our courts, I’m really not sure what can. But as much as the federal courts receive the attention of the media and our nation’s law schools, … Continue reading

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Our County Nursing Home for Sale

(Belden Fields is the Chair of Friends of Champaign County Nursing Home) At its January 9, 2018 meeting, the Champaign County Board decided to put the Champaign County Nursing Home up for sale. All the Republicans voted in favor, and … Continue reading

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