Grandison and Plummer shoot Illinois to an 87-83 win at Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team beat Iowa 87-83 last night in Iowa City. Jacob Grandison and Alfonso Plummer hit 4 three-pointers each, and scored 21 points apiece to lead Illinois. The two sealed the game against an Iowa comeback, with Plummer draining a three-pointer with 80 seconds remaining. Grandison was […]

Oral arguments to begin Tuesday in redistricting cases

SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago will begin hearing oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that could determine the makeup of state legislative maps in the Chicago area and Metro East region for the next 10 years. The panel announced during a status hearing Friday that it will go ahead with in-person […]

Emmett Till investigation closed by feds; no new charges

Emmett Till

JACKSON, Miss.  — The U.S. Justice Department is ending its investigation into the 1955 lynching of the Black teenager Emmett Till. The announcement came Monday after officials spoke to his relatives. Till was killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The killing galvanized the civil rights movement after Till’s mother […]

Accused of lying to police, Smollett takes the stand

Updated at 9:05 p.m. CHICAGO — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has testified that claims he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself are “100% false.” Smollett took the stand Monday at his trial on charges that he lied to Chicago police about the January 2019 attack in downtown Chicago. He refuted testimony from two […]

Bostic helps Illini women grab a win over Eastern Kentucky; Illini men travel to Iowa

CHAMPAIGN — Sophomore forward Kendall Bostic grabbed 22 rebounds and scored 12 points as the Illini women’s basketball team cruised to a 71-57 win over Eastern Kentucky Sunday afternoon. Bostic spoke matter-of-factly about her rebounding effort, which was the program’s best individual rebounding performance in 40 years. “This was a team (EKU) that we really […]

217 Today: Monday, Dec. 6, 2021

Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 Today’s headlines: An Illinois prisoner who lost his leg after getting inadequate treatment for a yearlong infection will get $400,000 from the Illinois Department of Corrections. University of Illinois scientists recently confirmed dicamba-resistant waterhemp plants in a central Illinois soybean field — meaning that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for farmers to control weeds […]

Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame

WASHINGTON — Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. That’s according to a new analysis by NPR that examines how political polarization […]

Bloomington PD policy change reduces racial disparity in traffic stops

BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington police say they have greatly reduced racial disparities in traffic stops by shifting focus and using real-time data. Jamal Simington, who started as Bloomington Police Chief on Oct. 1, said in the last three weeks officers have shifted more traffic enforcement to high-traffic areas. Listen to this story here. “We are […]

I-74 bridge over Mississippi replaces one dating to 1935

SPRINGFIELD — Officials from Illinois, Iowa, and the federal government are celebrating the completion of a new bridge carrying Interstate 74 over the Mississippi River. State and local politicians and Federal Highway Administration staff members gathered on the structure recently to publicize its opening to traffic sometime this month. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the […]

Illini volleyball is ‘Sweet’ once again

LEXINGTON, Ky. — In what is becoming a nearly annual event, the Fighting Illini volleyball team has advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Volleyball Championships. Illinois defeated host and No. 7 seed Kentucky 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-10, 25-21) to reach the Sweet 16 for the tenth time in the last 14 seasons. […]