Benton, who has been with WCIA-TV in Champaign since 2005, had battled brain cancer for about 18 months. He only made the decision to step down from the anchor desk last month, saying the tumor affected his ability to deliver the news. Benton was 52.
Legislation to help Exelon with the Clinton nuclear power plant and two others it says are losing money, apparently will not be passed during the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. House Energy Committee Chair Linda Chapa LaVia says she wants to combine the legislation with two other energy-related bills, which would take more time.
The Republican governor is already expressing his frustration. The issue is, Illinois' income tax rate has dropped, so the state's missing out on billions of dollars. Gov. Bruce Rauner had proposed massive cuts to make up for it.
The Illinois baseball team is a national seed for the first time, meaning they'll host a Super Regional June 5-8 if they can win the first NCAA Regional this weekend at Illinois Field. Ohio, Notre Dame, and Wright State will also play at Illinois Field May 29-31.
The Illinois baseball team will continue postseason play at their own ballpark next weekend, hosting their first ever NCAA regional. The Illini have been announced as one of 16 teams that will host games at Illinois Field during the national championship tournament’s opening round.