IDOT photo of inmate Alstory Simon

(AP Photo/Illinois Department of Corrections)

News Local/State - October 30, 2014

Inmate Ordered Freed In Landmark Illinois Case

Anthony PorterA Cook County judge has ordered the release of a prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a 1982 double killing.

Alstory Simon's confession in the high-profile case led to the 1999 release of Anthony Porter, who had spent 16 years on death row and whose supporters maintained he was wrongfully convicted.
 
After a re-examination of the case, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office asked the judge Thursday to free Simon. The judge vacated the sentence and conviction.
 
The Porter case was instrumental in the campaign to end the death penalty in Illinois.

Capital punishment in the state was abolished in 2011.

The San Francisco Giants celebrate their 3-2 win in Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City Wednesday.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

News National/International - October 29, 2014

Giants Take World Series With 3-2 Win In Game Seven

Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off Kansas City 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

Cronus Chemicals CEO Erzin Atac discusses its new fertilizer plan in Tuscola

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

News Local/State - October 29, 2014

Cronus Makes Tuscola Plant Official

State and local economic officials Wednesday announced the construction of the $1.4 billion Cronus Chemicals fertilizer plant west of Tuscola.

Red Cross truck in Long Island after SuperStorm Sandy

(Les Stone/American Red Cross)

News National/International - October 29, 2014

On Superstorm Sandy Anniversary, Red Cross Under Scrutiny

Within hours of Superstorm Sandy slamming the East Coast two years ago, Americans opened their wallets to help — donating millions to the first charity that came to mind: the American Red Cross.

The audience and panelists listen to a speaker addressing an information meeting on a school consolidation referendum for the Catlin and Jamaica school districts.

(Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)

News Local/State - October 28, 2014

School Consolidation Referendum Sparks Disagreement

If voters in the Catlin and Jamaica school districts say yes in the November election, their two, small, south Vermilion County school districts will consolidate into one district, to be called the Salt Fork school district. But opponents of consolidation are raising concerns.

News Local/State - October 28, 2014

Cronus Chemicals Coming To Tuscola

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant just outside Tuscola.

News Local/State - October 28, 2014

U of I Arena Court Damaged By Water

The University of Illinois says it is evaluating the condition of the new basketball court inside the State Farm Center after several inches of storm water backed up inside the arena.

Amber Vinson, a Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola will be released Tuesday.

(AP Photo/Amber Vinson, File)

News National/International - October 28, 2014

Ga. Hospital: Nurse Who Had Ebola To Be Released

An Emory University Hospital spokeswoman says a Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola will be released Tuesday.

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