A view from the bridge of County Road 1450N, south of St. Joseph.
Steve Hillberg
December 28, 2015

Rains, Flooding Hit Central Illinois

Heavy rains have caused flooding in several areas, including the Embarras River at Villa Grove, the Vermilion River near Danville and the Sangamon River at Monticello.

Portrait of Amanda Vinicky
December 28, 2015

Year-End: No Year Quite Like 2015 In Illinois

A new governor.  A long-time House speaker.  Court-ordered state spending.  It all adds up to a year unlike any other in the state of Illinois' history.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline talks about 2015 in state politics with Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky.

The Air Force performing troupe Tops in Blue, in performance.
Robin Cresswell/ US Air Force Photo Archive
December 26, 2015

Scott Air Force Base to Host Possible Farewell Concert

The January 15th performance at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County may be the final one for Tops in Blue, a military performance troupe which has been targeted for cancellation by the U-S Air Force.

Some of the homes on Fairlawn Drive in Urbana, part of Candlestick Lane.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
December 24, 2015

The History Of Urbana’s Candlestick Lane

Candlestick Lane, a holiday tradition of lights and decorated lawns for 52 years in Urbana, was started after a utility company's decorating contest.  Three of the families who started the tradition in 1963 are still in the neighborhood.  Participating homes on Grant Place, Eastern Drive, and Fairlawn Drive are expected to keep up their displays through New Year's Eve.

In this Aug. 20, 2008 file photo, guard tower No. 7 stands between South House to the left, and North House to the right and the cafeteria in the center of the Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
December 23, 2015

Deal Reached In Class-Action Suit On Mentally Ill Inmates

Lawyers for thousands of mentally ill Illinois prisoners say they have settled their class-action lawsuit against the state. They sued in 2007 alleging that substandard treatment constitutes "cruel and unusual
punishment.'' The agreement calls on the Department of Corrections to spend millions of dollars to build four new treatment units, including at the Pontiac prison.

A DraftKings promotions tent in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass.
Charles Krupa/Associated Press
December 23, 2015

Madigan: Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Is Illegal Gambling

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion Wednesday, saying daily fantasy sports, offered through websites like FanDuel or DraftKings, is illegal gambling under state law. She says illegal gambling occurs when someone "plays a game of chance or skill for money.''

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