The Illini rallied for 5 runs in the second inning against the Bobcats, and never looked back. The victory in the Illini's first-ever home NCAA regional sets up a game 4 matchup with Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he won't call lawmakers back into session if there's no agreement on a budget by Sunday. He told reporters Friday that if he can't reach a deal with majority Democrats in the General Assembly by the end of the spring session that he will ask that "good-faith'' negotiations continue.
An indictment against Dennis Hastert says federal authorities began investigating his bank withdrawals in 2013. It says he agreed to pay $3.5 million to an unidentified person to hide "prior misconduct'' against that person.
The 47-win Illinois baseball team is hosting a regional for the first time, taking on Ohio Friday night at Illinois Field. Chris Webb of the B1G Baseball website says the dominant season shouldn't come as a surprise.