Charleston woman fit for trial in 2-year-old son's death

CHARLESTON (AP) — A 22-year-old Charleston woman who's charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son has been found mentally fit for trial.

'Blues Brothers' top movie on Illinois' greatest list

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois residents have picked "The Blues Brothers" as the top movie in state history, making it the first item on a list of Illinois' top 200 people, places and things.

Tech center in heart of Chicago taking shape

CHICAGO — The announcement was big and bold: a $1.2 billion investment in the heart of Chicago to create a cutting-edge research institute led by the University of Illinois that will anchor a new "innovation network" across the state.

VIDEO: Scenes from first day of UI GEO's strike

Striking members of the University of Illinois Graduate Employees Organization picketed buildings on the Quad and held a rally that drew a large crowd at midday Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Foellinger Auditorium.

GEO: Strike begins tomorrow

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the University of Illinois Graduate Employees Organization will be going on strike Monday morning.

On Sunday afternoon union members agreed to the strike following 11 months of unsuccessful bargaining with the UI administration.

Willard Airport flew higher in 2017

SAVOY — When Willard Airport added United flights to Chicago last June, officials hoped they wouldn't take away passengers from American.

So far they haven't.

American Airlines' load factor, which is roughly the percentage of seats filled on each flight from Willard, increased from 80.2 percent in 2016 to 81.5 last year.

Ives defends TV spot

CHAMPAIGN —Although it has been condemned by top Illinois Republicans from party chairman Tim Schneider to Urbana attorney general candidate Erika Harold, state Rep. Jeanne Ives Saturday night defended a controversial television commercial as "telling voters which constituencies Gov. Bruce Rauner decided to side with."

Tom Kacich: Ives' candidacy a thorn in Rauner's side

State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton probably can't win the Republican gubernatorial primary election less than three months from today, but she can make life miserable for Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Ives already has picked up support from some of her conservative colleagues in the House and has thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from donors who in the past have supported Rauner.

The Big Ten with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 24, 2017

With the Land of Lincoln getting ready to throw a yearlong 200th birthday bash, we’ve tapped biographers of famous (and, in one case, infamous) former Illinoisans to tell us a quick story about their time here.

Behind the Scenes: Salt Kettle Rest Area

Last month, the Illinois Department of Transportation conducted a survey on ways to improve the state’s 30 rest areas — five of which lie within a 30-minute drive of C-U — and 11 welcome centers. We spent a full day at the Salt Kettle Rest Area near Oakwood to see the comings and goings.