'The progress that he’s made has been outstanding,' Sam Banks, a former college basketball official, said of his son.
The News-Gazette’s Bob Asmussen, who’s been on the beat for more than 30 years, breaks down 100 reasons the Illini are back in a bowl.
In the 84 years of the team, J.J. is the first underclassmen to be named POY, with the Nazareth Academy quarterback set to play Chicago Mount Carmel in the Class 7A championship Saturday.
Illini center finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds for his fourth double-double in five games
EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — A southern Illinois man has admitted to sexually assaulting three minors in his home.
CHICAGO (AP) — The ACLU of Illinois and other advocacy groups have sued two county sheriffs for alleged violations of the TRUST Act, which limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor on Friday named former Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck to serve as Chicago's interim police superintendent, a day after the city's top police officer announced he's retiring.
CHICAGO (AP) — The pastor of a Chicago church has resigned after revealing he sexually abused an underage female relative when he was a teenager.
BELLEVILLE (AP) — Southern Illinois authorities say a man was seriously injured when he spent a night trapped in a tree he'd scaled to escape an attacking dog.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will announce on Thursday that he will retire after more than three years as the city's top cop, a post he took over during one of the most violent chapters in the city's history and amid public outcry over the release of a video sho…
AURORA (AP) — An attorney representing a group of black customers who say they were asked to change tables at a Chicago-area Buffalo Wild Wings because of their skin color urged the restaurant chain Tuesday to make wholesale changes to avoid a discrimination lawsuit.
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who spent about 26 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit is suing the city of Chicago and its police department for wrongful conviction.
WAUKEGAN (AP) — A former candidate for the Illinois Legislature is accused of diverting thousands of dollars from a contractor to her own accounts while working as a bookkeeper at the business.
CARBONDALE (AP) — Illinois' congressional delegation is backing Gov. J.B. Pritzker's appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reverse its decision to deny aid to individual flood victims.
WHEATON (AP) — A former suburban Chicago probation officer has been sentenced to one year in jail after admitting to inappropriate sexual contact with a woman who was on probation.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has reinstated a priest after allegations that he sexually abused a child more than two decades ago were deemed "unfounded."
NAPERVILLE (AP) — Buffalo Wild Wings says multiple employees have been fired at one of its suburban Chicago restaurants after a group of mostly African American customers said they were asked to move to another table because of their skin color.
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge says he will rule in December on the fate of a former Chicago police officer accused of murder in the 2017 death of a man.
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A third Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a vaping-related lung injury the Department of Public Health reports.
CHICAGO (AP) — A 7-year-old girl out trick-or-treating in a bumblebee costume was critically injured after being struck by apparent stray gunfire on Chicago's West Side, police said.
CHICAGO (AP) — A man accused of firing the bullet that went through the open window of a Chicago home, penetrated a wall and fatally wounded an 11-year-old girl has been acquitted.
CHICAGO (AP) — The union representing 25,000 striking Chicago teachers voted to approve a tentative contract agreement with city officials but refused to end a strike that has canceled two weeks of classes unless the city's mayor adds school days to cover that lost time.
State Rep. Emanuel 'Chris' Welch, D-Hillside, called the NCAA's announcement a day earlier that it would 'start the process' of changing its rules a 'PR stunt' that 'completely lacks substance.'
MOUNT PROSPECT (AP) — A suburban Chicago man faces felony charges in a weekend crash that killed a state highway contractor who was working on roadway landscaping.