Center for State Policy and Leadership

The Center for State Policy and Leadership is the policy center of the University of Illinois Springfield.

  • The Center provides a national stage for scholars, students, policymakers, and citizens to exchange ideas, engage in research, and expand our understanding of public issues.


Illinois Innocence Project Wins Release of Wrongfully Convicted Decatur Man Imprisoned for 18 Years

November 23, 2016

A Decatur man walked free from the Macon County Courthouse today thanks to the efforts of the Illinois Innocence Project. Newly discovered DNA evidence proves that Charles Palmer did not commit the 1998 murder of William Helmbacher.

On November 16, a Macon County judge overturned Palmer’s conviction and life sentence for first-degree murder and awarded him a new trial. The Macon County State’s Attorney declined to retry the case on November 23,  and Palmer returned to the world a free man.

See more about Charles Palmer and the Illinois Innocence Project.

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14th Annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures: “Lincoln and Reconstruction”

The Center hosted the 14th Annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures October 20, 2016, on the theme, “Lincoln and Reconstruction.”  More information can be found on the Lincoln Legacy Lecture site.

  • The Lincoln Legacy Lecture from 10/20/16 is available on Video on Demand.  Or contact the Office of Electronic Media at 217-206-6799 to purchase a Copy.