Illinois refuses permit for concert to be hosted by R. Kelly

Entertainment 01/12/19, 13:34

Illinois officials say a concert in Springfield that was to be hosted by R. Kelly cannot take place in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star. Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert told the Chicago Tribune that the application for the Spring Break Jam in April ...

Temple hires Rod Carey from N. Illinois as coach

Football 01/11/19, 12:48

Temple has hired Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey as its next football coach, filling a vacancy that abruptly opened in late December after the newly-hired Manny Diaz left to lead Miami.Temple officials said Friday that they planned to introduce Carey at a news conference. Athletic director Patrick Kraft says Carey ...

Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegations

Entertainment 01/10/19, 14:32

R. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been hounded for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls — accusations he and his attorneys have long denied. But an Illinois prosecutor's plea for potential victims and witnesses to come forward and new protests ...

Illinois man who took on ballistics evidence faces retrial

U.S. 01/09/19, 14:05

An Illinois man who spent more than two decades in prison for a murder conviction obtained with shoddy ballistics evidence is getting a chance to prove his innocence with a new trial.The retrial of Patrick Pursley in the April 1993 killing of 22-year-old Andy Ascher is set to begin Thursday ...

US Catholic bishops to begin prayer retreat on sexual abuse

U.S. 01/02/19, 00:10

U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a seminary near Chicago for a weeklong retreat on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy.The retreat, which kicks off Wednesday at the Mundelein Seminary, is being held a day after ...

Missourians want action over too-high Illinois levee

Enviroment 12/26/18, 13:49

Missouri landowners and environmentalists are urging a federal agency to sanction a levee district on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, arguing that the earthen barrier has been built above its authorized height, worsening flooding for its neighbors.Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, a river conservation organization based in St. Louis, ...

Missouri ends losing streak to Illinois, wins 79-63

Basketball 12/22/18, 23:56

Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is from Illinois, and he has stocked his roster with five scholarship players from his home state. They will enjoy their trips home for Christmas a little more after the Tigers beat Illinois 79-63 Saturday night.Sophomore forward Jeremiah Tilmon and freshman guard Javon Pickett, who ...

Jackson leads No. 15 Ohio State past UCLA 80-66

Sports 12/22/18, 17:19

C.J. Jackson scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and No. 15 Ohio State handed UCLA its third consecutive loss with an 80-66 victory Saturday.Caleb Wesson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (11-1), who have won five in a row since its only loss ...

Funeral held for Chicago police officer killed by train

U.S. 12/21/18, 14:38

One of two Chicago police officers struck and killed by a train is being remembered as a devoted father and husband, loyal friend and dedicated police officer.Hundreds of officers on Friday crowded into a Roman Catholic Church on the city's South Side where Cardinal Blase Cupich helped celebrate a funeral ...

Chicago archbishop to have leading role in sex abuse reforms

U.S. 12/20/18, 18:03

The Catholic archbishop of Chicago, who was hand-picked by the pope to help organize an upcoming Vatican summit on clergy sex abuse, will have a leading role in the church's effort to seek reforms, including the response to new allegations from the Illinois attorney general. Cardinal Blase Cupich expressed regret for ...

Waffle House shooting suspect sent delusional text messages

U.S. 12/20/18, 01:12

The man accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House used to send his father text messages in which he punctuated everyday chitchat with delusional rants. Police say the 29-year-old Reinking was nearly naked, only wearing a green jacket, when he opened fire outside the restaurant on April 22 ...

UAB’s Johnston, Ubosi torch N. Illinois in Boca Raton Bowl

Football 12/18/18, 23:45

Two seasons after shutting down its football program, UAB closed out the year on an electrifying note.Tyler Johnston III threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Xavier Ubosi, and UAB beat Northern Illinois 37-13 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday night.Ubosi had seven catches for ...

Filing: FBI searched cell of man charged in scholar’s death

U.S. 12/17/18, 14:30

Attorneys for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois-Champaign say the FBI searched his jail cell when he was in court.Brendt Christensen's attorneys now want a judge to force the FBI to divulge what they found in Friday's search. They filed a ...

Voight’s career night of 52 points leads Northern Illinois

Sports 12/17/18, 02:42

Northern Illinois senior guard Mikayla Voight had a game to remember against Western Illinois.She set two school records when she had a career-best 52 points in the 86-61 win on Dec. 8, making 19 of 25 shots — including 11 3-pointers.The 11 3s set a Northern Illinois record, surpassing the ...

Chicago charter school network seeks order to end strike

U.S. 12/08/18, 10:39

A Chicago charter school network is seeking help in halting a teachers' strike for much of the past week.Educators with Acero charter schools strike outside the Veterans Memorial Charter School Campus, Tuesday, Dec. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)From left to right, Kathryn Schoedel, a teacher at Ziumbo Elementary School, Lindsay ...

Semi collides with bus carrying student-athletes in Illinois

U.S. 12/06/18, 05:02

Authorities say a semitrailer in Illinois has collided with a school bus carrying members of a high school basketball team. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that several people were taken to hospitals after the crash Wednesday night on Interstate 74 near Downs in central Illinois. Details about their conditions were not immediately ...

Illinois surveys damage after rare December tornadoes

U.S. 12/02/18, 12:28

Residents in central Illinois are assessing damage from rare December tornados that ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people. The Springfield Journal Register reports the National Weather Service sent crews Sunday to survey the hardest-hit areas, including Taylorville, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Springfield. Joyce ...

Northern Illinois scores late to win MAC title game 30-29

Football 11/30/18, 23:07

Marcus Childers threw a touchdown pass — his fourth of the game — to D.J. Brown with 1:09 to go and Northern Illinois rallied from a 20-point, second-half deficit to take a 30-29 victory over Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship game on Friday night.Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson (3) scrambles ...

Cost of keeping Asian carp from Great Lakes nearly triples

Enviroment 11/28/18, 17:40

Fortifying an Illinois waterway to prevent invasive carp from using it as a path to Lake Michigan could cost nearly three times as much as federal planners previously thought, according to an updated report. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week released a final strategy plan for upgrading the Brandon ...

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