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.
The state's high court Tuesday heard oral arguments about whether to allow a $10 billion class-action verdict against a major cigarette maker stand. Former Gov. Jim Thompson and another Phillip Morris
lawyer asked the court to strike that 2003 verdict.
The Illinois Supreme Court this morning will hear a case about whether tobacco company Philip Morris should have to pay $10 billion for defrauding smokers with its advertising for so-called "light" cigarettes.
Illinois Democrats have knocked one of the new Republican governor's top priorities down to an easy defeat. The Illinois House yesterday voted against Bruce Rauner's notion of local right-to-work zones. The issue is highly contentious on its own. But a broader division was also at play.Before we get to the right-to-work debate, it's important to rewind some.
If passed, gaming expansion could serve as an advantage to cities like Danville. A panel of lawmakers from both chambers, which includes House Assistant Republican Leader Chad Hays of Catlin, meets for the first time Tuesday.