Northern Illinois jail hopes to use wind turbine for power

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Officials at one northern Illinois county jail hope to install a 120-foot wind turbine in an effort to cut electricity costs by 40 to 70 percent.

Alabama trooper delivers baby instead of ticket

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Expecting to write up a ticket for speeding, an Alabama State Trooper ended up helping a woman give birth.

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus.

Survivors pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake

GLADYS TSAI, Associated Press

Trump aiming for New Hampshire win, rivals aim to survive

SERGIO BUSTOS, Associated Press
BILL BARROW, Associated Press

Accidents reported on I-57 in Coles County

Police are responding to several accidents along Interstate 57 in Coles County on Monday morning. Mixed precipitation, dropping temperatures and high winds are making driving conditions hazardous and have contributed to several slideoffs, according to Illinois State Police.


Edgar backs Acklin over Rauner's choice in 102nd

OGDEN — Former Gov. Jim Edgar has endorsed Jim Acklin in the three-way Republican race in the 102nd House District.

UI embracing monkeying around for Lunar New Year

URBANA — The Year of the Monkey officially starts today, and the celebration will last for another two weeks at the University of Illinois.

Lunar New Year 2016, a major holiday in China and other Asian countries, will be celebrated by thousands of students, faculty and others in the community.

College-accrediting agency sounds warning to legislators

A higher-education accrediting agency is warning Illinois lawmakers that the budget impasse could have "significant" consequences for the state's public colleges and universities.

Area history, Feb. 8, 2016

In 1916, Urbana City Council members were thunderstruck when they learned that a new city ordinance required lights on baby carriages along with other carriages. Lights were required on all horse-drawn vehicles, as well. The mayor wanted to keep bicycles off sidewalks, but the majority of members thought this would be a hardship for streets that were not paved.