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.

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.

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.

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.

Allen Strong talks about his 1915 Packard

Allen Strong of Urbana talks about his 1915 Packard that was used as a pace car in the 1915 Indy 500.

05-11-16 Judge McCuskey calls UI officials 'gutless'

On Wednesday's Penny for Your Thoughts (5-11-16) with Jim Turpin, Illinois state circuit court Judge Michael McCuskey said the University of Illinois administration, President Tim Killeen and Chancellor Barb Wilson, were "gutless" in how they handled the protest by students at a recent appearance by Govenor Rauner on campus.

Asmussen: Some Cubs fans left in the dark

The Chicago Cubs are in the middle of an other-worldly season. A once-in-a-century performance.

But not all of their fans are getting to see it.

Like Randy Millis.

The Oakwood resident wants to watch the Cubs. Every day.

Those Who Served: Herman Schneider

Herman Schneider of Rantoul talks about attending the Nuremberg trials for the prosecution of prominent members of Nazi Germany who planned the Holocaust.