Lovie Smith at the podium.
Vashoune Russell for Illinois Public Media
May 24, 2017

Illinois Drops Jailed Football Players From Team

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith kicked three players charged with felony residential burglary and aggravated robbery off of the team on Wednesday.


Illinois Statehouse
(Photo: Brian Mackey/WUIS)
May 24, 2017

GOP Rose Rips Senate Dems’ Budget Bill; Democrat Bennett Defends It

Republicans including state Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet quickly criticized a $37.3 billion budget package passed Tuesday by the Illinois Senate. But Democrats like Sen. Scott Bennett of Champaign are coming to the bill's defense.


Cleve Heidelberg grinned as he spoke to reporters Mon., just minutes after he learned of his release from Peoria County Jail.
Cass Herrington/Peoria Public Radio
May 23, 2017

Cleve Heidelberg Released After 47 Years

When Cleve Heidelberg woke up in his jail cell Monday morning, he didn’t know he’d be stepping outside hours later in civilian clothing. In fact, Heidelberg was notified just minutes before that he’d be released, for the first time in 47 years.


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