1 swimmer dead, 1 missing in Lake Michigan

HIGHLAND PARK (AP) — Authorities say a 46-year-old man has died and a 52-year-old woman is missing after going swimming in hazardous waters in Lake Michigan along a Chicago suburb.

Illinois road closed for migrating snakes, amphibians

HARRISBURG (AP) — Snakes and amphibians that have not yet crossed Snake Road in Shawnee National Forest can relax because officials are giving them a little more time to make the trek.

Tom Kacich | Tuesday's election is historic for multiple reasons

Whatever happens in Tuesday's election, history will be made in Champaign County. The first county executive — either Democrat Darlene Kloeppel or Republican Gordy Hulten — will assume the office in December.

UPDATED: Governor says he'll attend Trump rally in Murphysboro

New 11:43 a.m. Saturday:

A Rauner campaign spokesman confirmed the governor will be in Murphysboro on Saturday.

"The governor will be at the Trump event," said Will Allison.

Minutes after the confirmation, JB Pritzker campaign spokesman Jason Rubin released a statement calling the governor's choice "the height of political desperation."


Family fighting vaccination policy enforced by Unit 4, Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — In a district of more than 10,000 students, 43 have been granted medical or religious exemptions and cleared for classes without getting immunization shots.

Airfields a boon for small towns, yet keeping them open can be a struggle

Cars line several rows of the parking lot at the former Chanute Air Force Base on a windy Wednesday, but only a few of them are there for the airport.

Across the way, old, decrepit military aircraft sit outside the deserted museum on the Air Force's campus, soon to be disposed of.

WILL 13th District Debate 2018

The Illinois 13th Congressional District debate between Republican incumbent Rodney Davis and Democrat challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan at WILL at Campbell Hall on UI Campus in Urbana on Thursday, Oct. 18. 2018.

Trend: Fewer waiting until Election Day to cast votes

URBANA — Wait until Election Day and stand in line at your polling place, or vote ahead of time?

If you prefer to vote early, you're far from alone these days.

The number of people voting at their polling places has steadily declined over the past decade as more states have added early voting options, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Changes of venue for trials not the norm

URBANA — Have you read and heard a lot about the disappearance of Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang and the charges facing her accused kidnapper, Brendt Christensen?

Have you made up your mind — months ahead of Christensen's trial — that he's guilty?

Tom Kacich | Champaign County usually outlier in 13th District vote

There's a feeling among some local Democrats that this is the year that three-term Republican Congressman Rodney Davis can be defeated, based on an unpopular Republican president, an unpopular Republican governor and Davis' own missteps, particularly his refusal to hold town hall meetings with constituents.