Tom Kacich: GOP upset with Rauner, unlikely to replace him

The next 13 months of Illinois politics should be interesting. Republicans now have a man at the top of their 2018 ticket who many of them feel betrayed by, some want off the ticket and others say has been politically weakened.

Sort of the way it was for Illinois Democrats and their gubernatorial nominee in 2014.

Tom Kacich: Another area lawmaker bails on 'turnaround'

State Rep. Reggie Phillips of Charleston last week became the third Republican lawmaker from East Central Illinois to announce his retirement from the Legislature, joining Reps. Chad Hays of Catlin and Bill Mitchell of Forsyth. They're part of a list of more than two dozen legislators from both parties who are either getting out of the General Assembly or running for another office.

Bennett on WDWS: I'm not running for attorney general

Local state senator Scott Bennett said he's not interested in running for attorney general.

The Democrat Bennett, who is an attorney, said several people asked him about the job after the recent announcement that incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan would not be running for re-election.

Bennett called that announcement a surprise.

Paxton B&B: Taking appeal to state Supreme Court

CHICAGO — A Christian bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse the Illinois Human Rights Commission's finding that the B&B discriminated against a same-sex couple six years ago, along with the $80,000 in penalties the commission imposed against it.

Alexander won't run for state rep

CLINTON — Joe Alexander, a Clinton native and University of Illinois graduate, said Monday he has decided against running for state representative in the 101st House District.

Alexander was among a handful of Republicans who in August expressed interest in the Illinois House seat being given up by 10-term Forysth Rep. Bill Mitchell.

Mattoon High School shooting

One person is in custody following a shooting at Mattoon High School on Wednesday morning.

Biss joins in for energy of Quad Day

URBANA — Daniel Biss, the college math professor turned gubernatorial candidate, couldn't think of a better place to celebrate his 40th birthday than in the center of campus at the state's flagship university.

Melissa Merli: In small town near Carbondale, yellow marks eclipse's central line

CARBONDALE — Most of the 55,000 viewers of the Great American Eclipse expected here today must have left early this morning or later Sunday.

Solar eclipse: 1:20 p.m. Where will you be?

The Forever Fit class at Urbana's Clark-Lindsey Village could be a bit thin this afternoon.

Lines at Busey Bank on campus, typically filled with back-to-school customers, may vanish.

School classrooms will empty, and golfers at Centennial High School's annual tournament in Savoy will tee off a half-hour late.