Bousfield Hall on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus.
U of I Housing
April 12, 2016

U Of I Student Charged With Murder In Infant’s Death

Prosecutors say after University of Illinois sophomore Lindsay Johnson initially tried to hide having given birth in a dorm room bathroom, she suffocated her newborn son.  Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says the 20-year old sophmore faces counts of first-degree murder, child endangerment, and concealment of a homicidal death.  


 In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges in his hush-money case.
Charles Rex Arbogast, File/AssociatedPress
April 06, 2016

Hastert Lawyers Ask He Be Spared Prison In Hush-Money Case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is asking for probation in his hush-money case. His lawyers cite the former Illinois congressman's health and say in a new court filing that he's already paid a high price. They note Hastert's "fall from grace has been swift and devastating."  The Chicago Tribune Thursday cited unidentified law enforcement sources as saying at least four people have made "credible allegations of sexual abuse.'


marijuana plants
Teresa Crawford/Associated Press
April 04, 2016

Urbana Council Takes Final Vote On Marijuana Fine Reduction

A week ago, Urbana aldermen approved lowering the fine for posessing small amounts of marijuana from $300 to $50.  Alderman Aaron Ammons calls the higher amount 'egregious', and said it disproportionately impacts African-Americans in the city.  The fine applies to someone with less than 30 grams of the drug.


Jack McCullough
Illinois Department of Corrections/via Associated Press
March 29, 2016

Judge To Appoint Counsel For DeKalb County Cold Case

Jack McCullough will get a new attorney to help him pursue freedom from his conviction of murdering seven-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957.  Last week, the DeKalb County State's Attorney said a six-month review turned up serious missteps during the investigation.


Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagjevic in 2009.
M. Spencer/Associated Press
March 28, 2016

High Court Rejects Blagojevich Appeal In Corruption Case

The U-S Supreme Court has rejected former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama. 


In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, marijuana plants are seen in Chicago where officers say they discovered two football fields worth of pot plants growing on the city's South Side.
Teresa Crawford/Associated Press
March 26, 2016

Illinois Lawmakers Give Pot Decriminalization Another Try

State lawmakers are advancing another attempt to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana, removing the possibility of jail time. But they face strong opposition from law enforcement and anti-pot advocates.


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