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Jerad Gale arraignment

Jerad Gale during his arraignment for 3 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault at the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana Wednesday June 24, 2015.
 

Sunday Conversation: Gene Honda

He has been the public-address announcer for the Blackhawks and White Sox since the early 1990s. On Monday night at the United Center, Illinois alum Gene Honda worked what turned out to be the Stanley Cup championship game. That is three titles for Honda with the Blackhawks, plus a World Series title with the White Sox.

Illinois grad Honda enjoys Blackhawks' victory

CHICAGO — Finally, Gene Honda got to be there.

The Chicago Blackhawks public-address announcer watched his favorite hockey team win two Stanley Cups on the road, in 2010 and ’13.
Monday, on home ice, the Illinois graduate soaked it all in. Savoring every moment.

He had prepared for the win. Hoped for the win.

Those Who Served: Ceasar Perez

Ceasar Perez is well-known to Illini fans as Mr. Blue Hands Man, but he is also a U.S. Marine who served in Somalia.

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.