Western Michigan defenders close in on Illini quarterback Wes Lunt.
Vashoune Russell
September 19, 2016

Illini Lose Line Of Scrimmage, Game To Western Michigan

An old saying in football is that the game is won or lost in the line. On Saturday, Western Michigan's line outplayed Illinois on both offense and defense. The outcome, a 34-10 drubbing of the home team, demonstrated that the Lovie Smith rebuild will take some time.


Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign rally earlier this month at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Scott Morgan/AP
September 17, 2016

Third-Party Candidates Fall Short Of Presidential Debate Threshold

There will officially be no third-party candidate on the presidential debate stage. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party officially did not make the cut, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday.


Kimberly Thomas is Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2016
WUIS
September 17, 2016

Teacher Of The Year Makes School ‘Mathalicious’

Kimberly Thomas is the reigning Illinois Teacher of the Year. The title doesn’t come with a satin sash and a tiara, but you might think it does once you get a taste of Thomas’s extreme effervescence. This Peoria math teacher has a lot more going for her than just bubbles and fizz, but you have to get you a sip of that first.


TownMapsUSA.com
September 16, 2016

Federal Loan To Help Monticello Build New Wastewater Treatment Plant

The US Department of Agriculture has awarded the city of Monticello a $14 million loan to build a new wastewater treatment plant. The announcement comes a year after Illinois' Attorney General sued the city over the release of untreated wastewater into streets. 


A measure heading to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections.
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September 15, 2016

Same-Day Voter Registration; Anthem Protests; Baseball Pitching Regulations; Flint Water Collection

On the 21st: We heard from both sides of the debate over same-day voter registration, and talked with a sports columnist about Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests. Plus, we spoke with a surgeon about the effects of over-pitching on high school baseball players, and learned about an effort to help residents of Flint, Michigan, get access to clean water.


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