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Dey: Judges' affair something for voters to remember

Love is supposed to be a many-splendored thing — but it's not always.

One exception to that general rule is being played out in McLean County, where Scott Drazewski is running uphill in a battle to retain his circuit judgeship.

Chief Justice wants to see high court at UI

CHAMPAIGN -- If Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman has her way, proceedings for the state's highest court could happen on the University of Illinois' campus.

The Danville native has taken the Supreme Court's proceedings on the road throughout the state, something she hopes continues after her term as Chief Justice ends next month.

Partisan court blocks Independent Map Amendment

CHICAGO — A divided Illinois Supreme Court narrowly ruled Thursday that a voter referendum seeking to change how Illinois draws political boundaries is unconstitutional, making it ineligible to appear on the November ballot.

Rauner signs 'Gabby's Law' at emotional ceremony

URBANA — In an emotional ceremony Thursday morning, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed "Gabby's Law," a bill named in honor of a 5-year-old Monticello girl who died four years ago after a tick bite went undetected and developed into sepsis.

Area bull takes top prize at state fair

SPRINGFIELD — LF Fullback had an outstanding day at the Illinois State Fair on Friday.

The 2-year-old was named Grand Champion Charolais Bull. Dave Leffler, who raised the bull from a calf on his farm near Gibson City, said LF Fullback also placed high last year, as reserve champion.

This bull is huge — Leffler estimates 2,500 pounds, which is heavy for the breed.

Judge upholds Blagojevich’s 14-year prison term

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence on corruption counts, setting aside pleas for leniency by the former Illinois governor’s wife and daughters during his resentencing.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said it’s an “unfortunate reality” that Blagojevich’s innocent family members are made to suffer the consequences.

Rauner's veto 'no surprise' to SURS bill's backers

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday vetoed legislation sponsored by two area Republican legislators that would have allowed State Universities Retirement System members who return to work after receiving lump-sum retirement distributions to obtain additional health benefits without making further contributions to the retirement system.

Call to action: Bell gifted to church

MAHOMET — The gawkers began to gather on Dunbar Street just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, eyes (and cellphone cameras) trained on the sky.

Area athletes push Legion team to state

JERSEYVILLE — His team trailed Mattoon 12-4 in the fifth inning of Friday’s Senior American Legion division championship, but Danville Post 210 coach Allan Shepherd wasn’t worried.

Huge comebacks, after all, aren’t irregular the team. Just ask Terre Haute, which led Danville 10-2 but lost 13-12. Or even Mattoon, which led Danville 8-1 earlier in the season before falling 16-8.

Gill back in the race — for now

SPRINGFIELD — For now at least, there’s a three-way race for the 13th Congressional District seat in Illinois that includes Champaign-Urbana.

Independent candidate David Gill filed nominating petitions with the State Board of Elections on Monday, joining incumbent Republican Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Democratic challenger Mark Wicklund.