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Community college plan to be heard

SPRINGFIELD — While the Rauner administration has proposed a 31 percent cut in public higher education funding for the upcoming fiscal year, Illinois Senate Democrats plan to discuss next Tuesday the benefits of free community college tuition.

The Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, has scheduled a committee of the whole session on college affordability in Illinois.

State comptroller: 'We can't pay bills now'

SAVOY — Legislators have failed Illinois citizens by failing to pass a balanced budget, state Comptroller Leslie Munger said Friday, and she urged them to work with Gov. Bruce Rauner to pass a new budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Sunday storm damage

Residents are cleaning up and assessing the damage after strong storms rolled through East Central Illinois on Sunday June 7, 2015.

Those Who Served: Roy Charles

Roy Charles of Urbana was in the Fourth Marine Division and fought on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, and was awarded four battle stars. Read his story here

Debate over wildlife park proposal isn't done

SULLIVAN — Big, spitting camels people should never get too close to, zebras that could suffer from sunburn, no guarantee that a wild animal wouldn't escape, the potential for injuries and lawsuits — and those are just some of the concerns a retired zookeeper has about allowing a zoo and wild animal park to open on a piece of farmland near Arthur.

Itch Jones on the Illini's baseball season

Former University of Illinois baseball coach Itch Jones talks about the success of this year's team and more.

Rest-stop slaying suspect now charged in earlier death

DIXON — The man who pleaded guilty to killing a Monticello mother of two last summer was a no-show at his sentencing Monday morning in Lee County Circuit Court.

2015 University of Illinois Commencement

Incomming President Timothy Killeen took part in his first commencement at Memorial Stadium in Champaign Saturday May 16, 2015. Commencement speaker was Risa Juanita Lavizzo-Mourey.

2015 University of Illinois Commencement

Incomming President Timothy Killeen took part in his first commencement at Memorial Stadium in Champaign Saturday May 16, 2015. Commencement speaker was Risa Juanita Lavizzo-Mourey.

Those Who Served: Robert Espeseth

Robert Espeseth of Savoy has traveled the world in his Navy career including time on a destroyer during the Korean War.