24 year old Ashley Chemere Gibson of Champaign,  whose remains were found in Clinton Lake April 24. Investigators say was using cocaine at a home in Champaign days earlier, and found dead the following morning.

Champaign Police Department

News Local/State - November 07, 2016

Champaign Man Pleads Guilty To Dismembering Body

Authorities say a Champaign woman whose remains were found in Clinton Lake last April had been using cocaine days before. Prosecutors revealed the results of an autopsy on the body of Ashley Gibson Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court, where Davion Hedrick, 27, of Champaign pleaded guilty to a count of dismembering a human body. 

Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, in a 1998 file photo.

Susan Walsh / AP

News Local/State - November 07, 2016

Janet Reno, First Female U.S. Attorney General, Dies At 78

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as attorney general of the United States, died early Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease. Reno's goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte and sister Margaret Hurchalla confirmed her passing to NPR.

Mahomet-Seymour High School, in Mahomet, Illinois.

News Local/State - November 07, 2016

Mahomet-Seymour School Board To Vote On New Superintendent

The Mahomet-Seymour School Board is expected to approve a new school superintendent at a special meeting Monday night. A district news release says the candidate to be voted on is Lindsey Hall, the current superintendent of the Morton school district in Tazewell County.

U of I graduate 
tatyana McFadden poses for pictures after winning the women's wheelchair division at the 2016 New York City Marathon.

Seth Wenig / AP

News Local/State - November 06, 2016

McFadden Wins 4th Straight Women’s Wheelchair New York City Marathon

University of Illinois graduate Tatyana McFadden has swept the four major marathons for the fourth straight year by winning the New York City Marathon women's wheelchair race. The 2014 University of Illinois graduate finished Sunday with an unofficial time of 1 hour, 47 minutes, 43 seconds. The U of I's Josh George finished third in the men's wheelchair division. 

Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, Democrats' nominee for comptroller, at the Illinois state fair this summer.

Amanda Vinickhy / WUIS

News Local/State - November 05, 2016

Want To Win Over Voters? Threaten To Strip Lawmakers Of Their Pay: The Race For Comptroller

There wasn't supposed to be an election for a statewide constitutional officer this year, but Democrats essentially foisted one, following the sudden death of Republican Judy Baar Topinka. That's led to an expensive, competitive race for comptroller this year --- a race that could show who's winning the war of public opinion in Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan's battle for Illinois' future.

Who knows what would have happened had Democrats held onto the governor's office in 2014?

Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr. passes against the defense of Michigan State linebacker Riley Bullough  and defensive tackle Kevin Williams  during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Stephen Haas / AP

News Local/State - November 05, 2016

George Leads Illini To 31-27 Football Win Over Michigan State

Jeff George Jr. threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, the second a 16-yard strike to Sam Mays that gave Illinois a 31-27 win over Michigan State.
 
The win broke a two-game losing streak for the Illini (3-6, 2-4 Big Ten). It also extended the Spartans' misery. Michigan State (2-7, 0-6) has lost seven in a row.

Graphic of hand placing ballot in ballot box.

Pixabay

News Local/State - November 05, 2016

Too Young To Vote, But Old Enough To Be Election Judges

Tuesday is election day … and Champaign County wants to see more high schoolers at polling places – even if they're not old enough to vote yet.

In Illinois – and most other states -- High school students who are at least 16 and in good academic standing are in demand as election judges. 

A fiew of Brookhill Golf Course, north of Rantoul.

Rantoul Park District

News Local/State - November 05, 2016

Rantoul Voters To Decide Whether To Dissolve Park District

The Rantoul Park District has struggled to keep its money-losing Brookhill Golf Course going in recent years. Now, a referendum on the November 8th ballot in Rantoul proposes to solve the problem by dissolving the park district.

Illinois' Jalen Coleman-Lands shoots a three-pointer over Lewis defender Capel Henshaw.

Rob McColley / Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - November 05, 2016

Six Illini Score Double-Figures in Blowout Exhibition Win

Six Illini scored double-figures as the men's basketball team rolled past the Division II LewisUniversity  Flyers 95-51 Friday night at the University of Illinois State Farm Center, in the second of two pre-season exhibition games. 

Parkland College logo

Wikipedia

News Local/State - November 04, 2016

Parkland College Plans Cuts To Non-Tenured Faculty

Administrators at Parkland College in Champaign are recommending the layoffs of a number of non-tenured faculty at the end of the school year. The news comes via a mass e-mail from Parkland President Tom Ramage, who says he can't be sure the state will provide any funding for community colleges in the coming year. The cuts are expected to be part of a November 16 Board of Trustees meeting.

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