Curtis Lovelace and family after the conclusion of the second trial
Investigating Innocence.org
March 28, 2017

Curtis Lovelace: Life After A Not Guilty Verdict

Earlier this month, Quincy native Curtis Lovelace was found not guilty after the second trial that accused him of killing his first wife, Cory Lovelace. Curtis served as a prosecutor and before that played football for the University of Illinois. His former wife was also a college grad, and a stay-at-home mom for their four children. 


A view of downtown Cairo shows an "Historic Downtown Cairo" gateway but also vacant lots.
Kirk Siegler / NPR
March 28, 2017

Tired Of Promises, Struggling Cairo, Ill. Wants Problems Solved

At the very southernmost tip of Illinois, the pancake flat cornfields give way to the rolling, forested hills of the Delta.

Here, at the windy confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, it feels more southern than Midwest when you arrive at the old river port and factory town of Cairo, once made famous in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


Village of Savoy welcome sign
Village of Savoy
March 28, 2017

Two Savoy Trustees Vying To Suceed Retiring Village President

The Champaign County village of Savoy hasn't elected a new village president since 1989. That will change next week. Village trustees Joan Dykstra and John Brown, are vying to succeed Robert McCleary, who's been in office 27 years. Dykstra, a retired teacher, has served on the Village Board since 2002. Brown, who's a lieutenant with University of Illinois Police, has served since 2005.


An illustration of the brain.
Susannah Lohr/St. Louis Public Radio
March 27, 2017

Illinois Budget Crisis Pushes Jacksonville Addiction Center To Brink Of Closure

A central Illinois center for addiction treatment will stay open for now, despite payment delays during the state’s ongoing budget crisis. After two years without a permanent budget, the state is facing a backlog of $12.6 billion in unpaid bills to state employees, contractors and agencies.


Michael DeArmond, Patricia Avery, and Champaign City Council member Will Kyles
Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media
March 26, 2017

CU Area Project Rallies To End Gun Violence

A rally to end gun violence over the weekend in Champaign also served as a tribute to a local gun violence victim. Michael DeArmond was among those leading a march of 35 people on the city’s north side Saturday, on what would have been his daughter Desirie DeArmond Austin’s 25th birthday.


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