Illinois creates database to locate active liens

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — It just got easier for Illinois residents to search for tax liens.

In a news release, the state's Department of Revenue says it now has a searchable database where people can go to locate all active liens and releases filed by the department.

Federal prosecutor named as newest circuit judge

URBANA — A central Illinois federal prosecutor with civil law experience has been named as Champaign County’s newest circuit judge.

Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman announced Thursday that Jason Bohm will take the seat being vacated next week by Mike Jones, who is retiring after 21 years on the bench.

Midwest shelters open amid flooding as rivers keep rising

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Shelters were open Thursday to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in the Midwest, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in Indiana, Michigan and other states.

Superagers' brains offer clues for sharp memory in old age

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these "superagers" to uncover their secret.

The work is the flip side of the disappointing hunt for new drugs to fight or prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Liberal group offers new plan on health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.Called "Medicare Extra for All," the proposal to be released Thursday by the Center for American Progress gives politically energized Democrats more options to achieve a long-sought goal.

Immigrants sue Trump over ending program

BOSTON (AP) — Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants sued President Donald Trump on Thursday, arguing that the Republican administration's decision to end special protections shielding them from deportation was racially motivated.

The latest: Nelson credits Rubio for attending town hall

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local):

11 a.m.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is giving fellow Sen. Marco Rubio credit for being the only Republican to attend a televised town hall meeting after the school shooting in their state.

The latest: NRA says left exploiting Florida school shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President Donald Trump, guns and school violence (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing supporters of gun control of exploiting the mass school shooting in Florida to promote an anti-gun agenda.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2018

Assistant Circulation Manager SHURREL BRANTLEY was delivering The News-Gazette around 7 a.m. Wednesday when she was stopped in her tracks: Water-covered roads near Ogden cut her morning short.

Area history, Feb. 22, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, Dr. C.D. Brownell, president of the Champaign Chamber of Commerce, proposed a combined sewerage disposal system for Champaign and Urbana that he said would solve the health and sanitation problems in the Boneyard Branch.