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SPews: June 25, 2010

Carle cleared for clinical trials, settles whistleblower suit with former head of research,” News-Gazette, June 24

The Carle Cancer Center has been cleared to begin enrolling patients in new clinical trials.

Federal authorities began investigating clinical trials at Carle after its former head of research, Suzanne Stratton, reported flaws in Carle’s research practices and was fired.

Blagojevich on trial: Ex-governor has surreal moment in courtroom,” Chicago Tribune, June 24

It may have been one of the most surreal moments of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial so far: Blagojevich sitting in court listening to himself on a secret recording made by federal investigators as he downplays the idea that he could have been secretly recorded by federal investigators.

Almost $60 million in cuts suggested at U of Ill,” Daily Illini, June 24

A University of Illinois group looking for ways to save money in the school’s administration is proposing a series of changes it says could save close to $60 million over the next two to three years.

The group says the changes represent more than just accounting, but parts of a fundamental shift the university needs to make to become less dependent on the state’s financially troubled government.

Community members ask for more involvement in police complaint process,” Daily Ilini, June 22

A report was presented to the council that proposed changes to the police complaint process, which was done in an effort to mend the relationship between Champaign residents and the police department after the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Kiwane Carrington in Champaign last year. The council accepted the proposals.

Many citizens said the changes would not be enough, and the changes should be embedded throughout the entire process.

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