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.

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

The Center will host the 14th Annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures on 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.


Illinois Innocence Project Client Exonerated of 1997 Murder

January 29, 2016

Teshome Campbell walked out of prison a free man on January 29, 2016, after being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned 18 years for a murder he did not commit.  The district court ruled on December 30, 2015 – just over 18 years after the crime – that Teshome received ineffective assistance of counsel at his original trial for the 1997 Christmas morning murder of a man in Champaign, IL.

The federal district court reversed Teshome’s convictions and ordered the state to determine if it would seek to retry Teshome for the murder. On January 29, 2016, the State’s Attorney moved to dismiss all charges. Teshome, with only an hour’s notice, packed his belongings into four boxes and stepped out of Dixon Correctional Center, back into the world a free man.  See more about Teshome Campbell and Illinois Innocence Project. See more about Teshome Campbell and Illinois Innocence Project.

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