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Big Ten Wrestling Championships Session 1

A gallery of images from the opening session of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Assembly Hall on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Centennial vs. Taylorville Sectional Semifinal

Images from the Centennial vs. Taylorville Sectional Semifinal Game on Wednesday, March 6th at Mt. Zion High School, Mt. Zion, IL.  Centennial defeated Taylorville 57-51.

Same-sex marriage bill sent to full House

SPRINGFIELD — Legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois is one step from reality, but it's a big step.

An Illinois House committee late Tuesday night narrowly approved a gay marriage bill with the help of a Chicago Democrat who said he'll likely vote against the measure on the House floor.

Michigan Fine Arts Competition expands scope

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — The annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition is expanding its scope to seek entries from artists in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin as well as its home state.

Notre Dame, Centennial girls sectional at Mt. Zion


Centennial girls played Notre Dame at the Mt. Zion Girls Basketball Sectional Final Game, Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at Mt. Zion High School, Mt. Zion, IL. 

February 23, 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Indiana Hoosiers at Illinois Fighting Illini

A gallery of images from the February 23, 2013 women's basketball game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

Quick and Cold

Highlights from the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Lake of the Woods on February 23, 2013

Ex-wardens: Mixing inmate groups a safety risk

JOHN O'CONNOR,AP Political Writer

Area vet says grateful kids 'changed my life'

For Vietnam veteran Tim Bassett, Tri-Valley Middle School's Veterans Day program in November was what he called "a very life-changing experience."

"Most of us, when we were invited, just thought the junior high wanted to honor us," Bassett said. "Instead, they changed my life."

State police watching motorists on Super Bowl weekend

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police are putting the motoring public on notice they will strictly enforce moving violations during this Super Bowl weekend.

The emphasis will be on what police call the "Fatal-4": driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving and seat belts. Troopers issued more than 1,000 Fatal-4 citations during the 2012 Super Bowl weekend.