Curtis Lovelace looks over at the prosecutors during his first-degree murder trial Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Sangamon County Courthouse in Springfield.
Phil Carlson/The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP
March 10, 2017

Ex-prosecutor, U Of I Football Player, Not Guilty In Wife’s Death

A former assistant state's attorney and University of Illinois football captain Curtis Lovelace has been acquitted in his second murder trial for the Valentine's Day 2006 death of his first wife.  The jury delivered its verdict a little over two hours after closing arguments. Lovelace and members of his family burst into tears after the verdict was read.


Derrick Walton shooting over Maverick Morgan in a Big Ten tournament basketball game.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
March 09, 2017

After Travel Trouble, Michigan Beats Illini 75-55 In Big Ten Tournament

Flying into town only a few hours before tipoff because of travel trouble a day earlier, and wearing yellow practice jerseys instead of the game uniforms that got stuck on their abandoned airplane, Michigan raced to an early double-digit lead and beat Illinois 75-55 to reach the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. Illinois could still play in the National Invitation Tournament.


Illinois coach John Groce signals a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Nati Harnik/Associated Press
March 04, 2017

Freeman’s 3-Pointer Lifts Rutgers Over Illinois

DeShawn Freeman scored 21 points and hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to lead Rutgers past Illinois 62-59 on Saturday. The Illini ended the regular season winning four out of five, but the loss may end its NCAA Tournament hopes and coach John Groce's tenure.


"At least a dozen cars and several dozen agents were visible along Adams Street during the late morning and early afternoon hours." -WCBU
Cass Herrington/WCBU
March 02, 2017

Caterpillar Raid; ‘Grand Bargain’ Update; Flowers & Cold Weather; La Vida Baseball

On the 21st: Law enforcement officials raided Caterpillar headquarters this morning. We talked about that and discussed the collapse of the 'grand bargain' and what's on the horizon for Illinois lawmakers. Plus, we got tips on how to protect your early-emerging plants from the upcoming freezing temperatures and learned about a new digital magazine about the history of Latinos in baseball.


Illini Malcolm Hill dribbles past a double team of Alvin Ellis III & Miles Bridges (22)
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
March 02, 2017

Seniors Keep NCAA Hopes Alive With Win Over Spartans

The Illini men beat MIchigan State 73-70 last night in Champaign. It was the fourth consecutive win for Illinois, which now finds itself in the NCAA Tournament conversation, despite a 4-9 start in Big Ten play.


Nebraska's Glynn Watson Jr. (5) drives around Illinois' Te'Jon Lucas, left, and Michael Finke (43) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Nati Harnik/AP
February 26, 2017

Three-Point Barrage Keys Illinois’ 73-57 Victory Over Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Malcolm Hill scored 19 points and Illinois went on a 3-point shooting spree in the second half in a 73-57 victory over Nebraska on Sunday.

Tracy Abrams added 13 points and Maverick Morgan had 12 for the Illini (17-12, 7-9), who won their third straight road game and for the fourth time in five games overall.


Illini Te'jon Lucas (3) dribbles past Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh (30) Tuesday night in Champaign.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 22, 2017

Illini Men Sweep Wildcats For First Big Ten Winning Streak In Two Years

The Illini men's basketball team beat Northwestern 66-50 last night in Champaign. It's the first back-to-back Big Ten wins for Illinois since the end of the 2015 season.

Malcolm Hill led all scorers with 18 points, and added five rebounds and five assists. 


Illinois guard Jaylon Tate, left, fights for a loose ball with Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl during the second half of Saturday's Illini win in Iowa City, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press
February 18, 2017

Hill’s 21, Lucas Block Help Illini Hold Off Iowa 70-66

Malcolm Hill scored 21 points and hauled down eight rebounds and Illinois held on for a 70-66 win over Iowa on Saturday. The Illini took the lead in the final minutes on a Hill layup and fended off several Iowa chances late to win their second true road game of the season. 


Illinois' guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) looks to pass under the basket as Penn State's forward Mike Watkins (24) defends during an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign.
Robin Scholz/AP
February 11, 2017

Penn State Stops Illini Men 83-70

The Nittany Lions used a 14-2 run late in the first half to build a lead they never relinquished. Penn State shot 57 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line.


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