Lovie Smith at the podium.
Vashoune Russell/for Illinois Public Media
May 10, 2017

Three Illini Football Players Charged With Robbery, Home Invasion

Police arrested University of Illinois football players Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe, and Howard Watkins on preliminary charges of armed robbery and home invasion Wednesday morning. They are scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.


The finish line of the Illinois Marathon on Saturday morning.
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
April 22, 2017

2017 Illinois Marathon Brings Winners, Good Weather, Marriage Proposal

After two years of challenging weather, runners in Saturday's 2017 Illinois Marathon finally got a break. Conditions were dry with temperatures in the mid-40s, though wind gusts topped 20 mph. Organizers say this year's events included more than 17,000 people.


A coal mine exhibit in Evanston.
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April 11, 2017

The Future Of Illinois Coal Mining; School Funding Lawsuit; Video Game College Scholarships

On the 21st: We discussed the future of coal mining with the Illinois Coal Association president, a union president, and a reporter with Inside Energy. We also learned why 17 Illinois school superintendents are suing the state for inequitable funding, and learned more about why some colleges are offering scholarships for competitive video gaming.


Former Illinois coach John Groce signals a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 26.
Nati Harnik/Associated Press
April 05, 2017

Akron Hires Former Illinois Coach Groce

Akron has hired former Illinois coach John Groce to take over its program. Groce replaces Keith Dambrot, who surprisingly left his alma mater last week after a successful run to coach at Duquesne. Groce is familiar with the Mid-American Conference after spending four seasons at Ohio. He went 85-56 at the school and twice led the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament.


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. 


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