Each week we'll bring you an editorial aggregation of the news from our area. Will it be comprehensive? Will it be unbias? Will it all technically be news?  Well, no — and that's why its SPews.


"Decatur Dentist and Assistant Arrested," April, 7 IllinoisHomepage.net

Decatur dentist acccused of butchering patients, allowing his assistant to act as a doctor. After leaving an appointment, "bone was hanging still out of my gums," alleges one of his former patients who ultimately had to seek further corrective surgery. Shit, man.



"Urbana school district lawsuit against Unit 5 dismissed," March 31, The Pantagraph (via IlliniPundit)

The Urbana district was seeking $1 million from the Normal-based district. It wanted the money to help cover the costs of claims filed by nine students molested by White after he left McLean County for a job in Urbana.


"Bike crash, woman transported to hospital with minor injuries," April 8, The Daily Illini

There was an accident today at 12:30 p.m. on the 200 block of S. Goodwin. A car hit a bicyclist. It was a minor accident and the victim, a girl was transported to the hospital for back pain according to the Urbana Police Department.


"U . of Ill. president says 9 percent tuition hike likely...," April 8, Fox 2 Now (St. Louis's Fox affiliate)

This instead of the 20 percent we were all but promised.


"Fiber-optic installation may begin next year" April 5, The News-Gazette

Acceptance of a $22.5 million federal grant by Urbana City Council members Monday means that local officials can now begin the hard work – actually building a fiber-optic network.


"Illinois Supreme Court upholds ruling against Provena in tax-exempt case" March 18, Crain's Chicago Business (This one's old, but worth reposting. It's a really big Joe Bidenism.)

“In this decision, the Supreme Court upheld the denial of property tax exemption for the tax year in question, agreeing with the appellate court that the record was inadequate to demonstrate that Provena was a charitable institution,” the state Supreme Court said in a statement.


"Bradley students ask administrators for new mascot" April 8, NBC Sports

Bradley's nickname landed the school on a list of schools the NCAA is watching for the use of what it calls "hostile and abusive" use of American Indian imagery.


"Illini’s Smith taken in WNBA draft" April 9, The State Journal-Register

Illinois senior center Jenna Smith became the highest WNBA draft pick in program history when she was taken 14th overall by the Washington Mystics on Thursday.


"Press freedom faces erosion in wake of court privacy rulings, expert says" April 9, OneIndia

Amy Gajda, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Law, College of Law, University of Illinois, says long-held boundaries for news coverage have narrowed in a recent spate of privacy rulings, which could ultimately have a chilling effect on mainstream journalists whose watchdog role helps safeguard against corruption and other misconduct.