Sandra Bland's family sues state trooper, wants answers

MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press

NRC inspecting Illinois uranium-conversion plant after leak

METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois uranium-conversion plant is undergoing a special inspection after a weekend leak of uranium hexafluoride, a gas used to produce enriched uranium for nuclear power plants, Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said.

State workers' twice-dismissed suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid

ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press

Dixon man pleads not guilty to murder-for-hire charge

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A Dixon man jailed on drug and weapons charges has pleaded not guilty to trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill five people.

Chicago-based nonprofit gets $7.2M from Chase settlement

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation is benefiting from a $7.2 million windfall that the state was given in a settlement with Chase.

Top of the morning, Aug. 3, 2015

Two Aug. 3 editions, years apart, produced some memorable front pages.

Eleven years ago, the man who would become our 44th president spent some time in our area.

A few days after his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, BARACK OBAMA came through town on the fourth day of a five-day, 39-city campaign swing for the U.S. Senate.

South Carolina senator backs Mark Kirk's re-election bid

CHICAGO (AP) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham brought his Republican presidential campaign to Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, where he voiced his support of Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's bid for re-election.

Blagojevich attorney says he'll ask full court for rehearing

CHICAGO (AP) — The defense attorney for Rod Blagojevich says he will ask a full appellate court in Chicago to rehear the imprisoned former governor's appeal after a panel of three judges recently tossed five of 18 corruption convictions.

4-H Day at the Champaign County Fair

Area youth show their animals during the annual 4-H Day at the Champaign County Fair Thursday July 30, 2015.

Kankakee 'rent-a-cell' program saves jail $2.6 million

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A report says inmates from outside Kankakee County are saving the jail $2.6 million this year.