URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted his role in a heroin distribution business in Champaign County has pleaded guilty and faces five to 40 years in prison.
EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — Illinois state fire investigators are trying to determine what sparked a southwestern Illinois house fire that killed its occupant and his dog early Thanksgiving Day.
Madison County Coroner Steve Noon says the man's body was found after firefighters doused the rural Edwardsville fire. The blaze was reported shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday by a neighbor.
CASEYVILLE (AP) — Police in the southwestern Illinois' village of Caseyville are investigating whether a van driver was intoxicated when his vehicle hit and killed a man as he walked along a highway.
Police Chief Jose Alvarez says 29-year-old Jamal Rhodes of Caseyville died at the scene of the accident Wednesday afternoon on Illinois Route 157.
CHICAGO (AP) — A police officer responding to a call of alleged shoplifting at a Chicago area department store on Thanksgiving shot the driver of a car that was dragging a fellow officer, authorities said.
EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis woman has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that she opened and stole packages while working as a supervisor at a southwestern Illinois post office.
Jane Johanna Emily, 41, who's also known as Jane Moeller, entered the plea this week to charges of obstruction of mail, theft of U.S. mail by a postal employee, and opening of mail.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is aggressively pursuing lawsuits over minority voting rights in Texas and North Carolina, but the Justice Department has not moved on evidence that the latest round of redistricting in Los Angeles County unfairly reduces the influence of Latino voters.
CHICAGO (AP) — While an agreement on a pension reform deal comes as a boost to Gov. Pat Quinn's bid for re-election, most Republicans seeking his job are hedging their reactions to navigate politically tricky waters.
Area police report the following activity:
— 600 block of East John Street: Champaign man arrested for aggravated battery for allegedly hitting a UI student in the back of the head about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
— 1300 block of North Cunningham Avenue: Unlocked vehicle entered Tuesday; purse stolen.
CHICAGO (AP) — Under growing public pressure to act, the leaders of Illinois' General Assembly announced Wednesday they'd reached an agreement on how to solve the state's $100 billion pension problem and would begin trying to persuade other lawmakers to approve it in a special legislative session next week.
DANVILLE — After nearly 41 years with the Danville Police Department — about half as head of investigations — Deputy Director Doug Miller put in his last day as a police officer on Wednesday.
For the first time in more than 20 years, he will not have to worry about being called away from the Thanksgiving table today.