Illinois starts 2nd year of private school scholarships

ROCKFORD (AP) — Illinois' taxpayer-funded private school scholarship program is beginning its second year, though the new governor has criticized the initiative.

The Rockford Register Star reports that the second year of the Empower Illinois program began Tuesday. The program's first year ran into technical issues after the online registration system shut down following high demand.

Trump's burger-fest for Clemson brings roasting from TV hosts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Junk food for athletes? President Donald Trump's offer of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers brought a roasting from late-night TV hosts.

Trump, a fast-food lover, said he paid for the meal himself because of the partial government shutdown, which has led to furloughs among federal workers, including at the White House.

White House shifts shutdown strategy, tries to bypass Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shifting strategy, the White House invited rank-and-file House Democrats to lunch Tuesday with President Donald Trump, bypassing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team in an effort to get centrist and freshman lawmakers on board with funding Trump's long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Report: Black motorists stopped, searched more than others

CHICAGO (AP) — A report by the American Civil Liberties Union says African-American motorists in Illinois are more likely than others to be stopped and searched for routine traffic violations.

Rodeo cow evades capture wandering Anchorage trails

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rodeo cow named Betsy has evaded capture for six months as she wanders the trails of Alaska's biggest city, the cow's owner said.

The 3-year-old cow "busted out" of a pen before participating in junior events at the Father's Day Rodeo in Anchorage, rodeo promoter Frank Koloski told the Anchorage Daily News .

UNC removes Confederate pedestal from campus

The last remnants of a Confederate statue were removed from North Carolina's flagship public university early Tuesday at the request of UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt, who also announced her resignation in a move that increases pressure on the system's board of governors to give up on plans to restore the monument.

Judge voids Alabama law protecting Confederate monuments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge has overturned an Alabama law meant to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments from public property, ruling the act infringed on the rights of citizens in a mostly black city who are "repulsed" by the memorial.

Broadway legend Carol Channing dead at 97

NEW YORK (AP) — Carol Channing, the lanky, ebullient musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over almost 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly" on Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 97.

Champaign library's Girls Who Code class aims to reformat gender gap

CHAMPAIGN — After launching several services geared toward entrepreneurs in 2018, the Champaign Public Library is turning its attention to another major issue in the tech community: the gender gap.

Women represent just 26 percent of the computing workforce, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Area history, Jan. 15, 2019

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, the Piatt County Board of Supervisors appointed a committee to develop hard roads throughout the county.

In 1969, the Rantoul Park Board announced that a 6-acre tract of land west of Rantoul had been offered to the village as a park site.