Sunday Conversation: Mike Lindemann

Mike Lindemann is a busy guy. Really busy. He is co-owner of Champaign’s Body N’ Sole Sports (35 years). He is the coach of the highly successful Parkland women’s basketball team (assistant for five years, head coach the last two.) He is a married (Liz) father of three (Laura, Allie and Rachel).

Cardinal Francis George dies at 78

CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare and played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78.

SIU officials OK 5% tuition increase

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved a 5 percent tuition hike for incoming undergraduate students next year.

Illinois Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant suspensions

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to suspend $26 million in social service grants.

Illinois restores $97 million of school funding cuts

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Nearly 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders cut money for education, with about one-third going to Chicago schools and the rest scattered among the other districts.

Lincoln's legacy recalled on 150th anniversary of his death

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Speakers at a service commemorating Abraham Lincoln's death say the president's influence is as powerful today as it was 150 years ago.

Wednesday's service in Springfield's Union Park marked the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death.

New Illinois education chief is urban school reform leader

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education moved unanimously Wednesday afternoon to make a leadership change, replacing one of the nation's longest-serving superintendents with a former professional football player who spent recent years at the helm of a high poverty, urban district in California that faced a multimillion-dollar deficit.

Schock donor sues ex-U.S. congressman seeking reimbursement

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago lawyer who donated $500 to former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's campaign is suing for reimbursement following his resignation in March amid accusations of fraud and improper enrichment.

As death of Lincoln marked, caretakers of tomb face setbacks

KERRY LESTER, Associated Press

Prosecutors investigate fatal shooting by Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal and county prosecutors are investigating the October fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer of a teenager who authorities say was wielding a knife, and the city says it will pay his family $5 million to preclude any legal action.