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.
On The 21st: We learned about a lawsuit challenging Illinois' use of solitary confinement in prisons. We also got an update on the state of the Affordable Care Act in Illinois, and heard from the director of a new play that portrays wilderness therapy for troubled teens.
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.
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.
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