Former Illini football star charged with murder

QUINCY — Curtis D. Lovelace, an All-Big Ten center at Illinois who later became an Adams County assistant state’s attorney, was formally charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of his wife.

Ruling affects Illinois cancer cluster case

MCCOLLUM LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court ruling means a lawsuit can go forward accusing a chemical company of dumping toxins in Illinois, causing a deadly cancer cluster.

Former Adams County prosecutor charged with murder

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A former assistant state's attorney in western Illinois' Adams County is charged with first-degree murder in the February 2006 death of his wife.

Police officers hurt in suburban Chicago shooting

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — Officials in a Chicago suburb say two police officers have been wounded by gunfire after responding to a call of a burglary in progress.

State makes applications for medical-pot licenses available

SPRINGFIELD — Patients and caregivers looking to enroll in the state’s medical marijuana pilot program can begin applying for a license Sept. 2.

Tom Kacich: 106th House District race heating up

Tom Bennett is getting all the publicity in the 106th Illinois House District race, given his appointment last week by Republican officials to take the place of retiring state Rep. Josh Harms, R-Watseka, on the November ballot.

But Bill Nutter is in the race too, although he’s been pretty quiet.

July flash index shows continued growth

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois flash index rose from 106 in June to 106.2 in July, indicating continued growth in the Illinois economy.

"It appears that the national and Illinois economy have rebounded after the severe winter," said J. Fred Giertz, who compiles the index for the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Themes for next strategic plan in works

CHICAGO — College affordability, diversity and inclusion. The university's role in economic development. Thinking globally. Helping the state of Illinois address workforce challenges. Collaborating among campuses and other institutions to address educational issues such as the achievement gap.

And that's just part of the list.

Dey: Cameras 'much ado about nothing' at Peoria trial

The murder trial that wrapped up in Peoria County on Monday had it all.

A live husband, a dead wife and an alleged 21-year-old mistress from Lithuania whom the missionary couple had sponsored to come to the United States and attend college.

Urbana family among victims in fatal I-55 wreck

A vacation trip to visit relatives on the East Coast turned deadly for an Urbana family involved in a multicar pileup Monday on Interstate 55 south of Joliet.