Holly Cassano, who was stabbed to death at her home Mahomet, IL in 2009.
(Champaign County Crime Stoppers)
September 21, 2015

Investigators Hope New DNA Analysis Will Help Solve Holly Cassano Murder

Champaign County Sheriff's investigators say an analysis of DNA evidence by a private lab indicates that Cassano's killer was likely male and "probably with some" Hispanic, Native American, Central American or South American heritage.

The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.
Public Domain/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
September 12, 2015

State Senator Says Illinois Should Bring Back The Death Penalty

Alton Democratic state Senator Bill Haine says he plans to file a bill in the coming legislative session that would bring back capital punishment after it was formally abolished in 2011.

A woman walks on the U of I campus in Urbana in a February 19th photo.
(AP Photo/David Mercer)
September 11, 2015

U of I To Begin Background Checks On All New Hires

The University of Illinois will perform background checks on every new hire, beginning in October. The school's board of trustees voted to approve the policy Thursday at its meeting in Urbana

Elections are usually held on Tuesdays but this week a special general election will be held in west central Illinois on Thursday.  Voters can head to the polls on September 10 to decide a single contest: for Congress in the 18th District.
(Photo: WikiCommons)
September 08, 2015

New Congressman to be Chosen This Week

The district has been without representation in Congress since Republican Aaron Schock resigned at the end of March amid spending scandals.  The special general election pits Republican Darin LaHood against Democrat Rob Mellon, who won their respective special primaries in July.

Jon Daniel’s home was raided last spring after he created the Twitter account that spoofed Peoria’s Mayor and included raunchy messages before it was suspended.
(Photo: Alex Rusicano/WCBU)
September 03, 2015

Peoria Settles Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account

The City of Peoria is paying $125,000 to a man who created a parody Twitter account of the city’s mayor.  The payment settles a federal lawsuit involving free speech and social media.

University of Illinois entrance marker
(Wikimedia Commons)
August 27, 2015

U of I Trustees Prepare To Vote On Employee Background Checks

The policy would involve all new hires at the U of I's three campuses, not just those with 'security sensitive' positions.  If approved by university trustees next month, it would take effect October 5. 

Footage from U of I Police security camera Wednesday morning.
(U of I Police)
August 26, 2015

Arrest Follows Damages To Chabad Menorah

Damage to the symbol outside the University of Illinois' Chabad Jewish Center is estimated at about $2,269.  The menorah had already been replaced after vandals knocked it over in spring 2015. 

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