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.


A woman speaks with police officers after bringing flowers close to the area where a bombing struck outside the Manchester Arena Monday night.
Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
May 22, 2017

Manchester Concert Bombing: What We Know Tuesday

A bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, has killed 22 people and injured 59 more, police say. Monday night's concert had drawn thousands of children and young people — many of whom were trying to leave when the blast hit. Authorities say it was a terrorist attack, carried out by a man who died at Manchester Arena.


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