Big and bright, Illini’s Cockburn eyes deep NCAA tourney run

PITTSBURGH — Kofi Cockburn returned to Illinois for NCAA Tournament redemption. The first-team All-American center flirted with going to the NBA after the Fighting Illini got knocked out in the second round a year ago. But the 7-foot center returned for his junior year with his eyes on winning a title. Arguably the most dominant […]

State Supreme Court reviewing FOID law constitutionality

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court is being asked for a second time to decide whether a state law requiring gun owners to have a firearm permit is unconstitutional – a question the court previously declined to answer. The case involves a White County resident, Vivian Claudine Brown, who was charged in March 2017 with […]

Peoria Campustown Starbucks will vote to unionize next month

Workers at the Starbucks Campustown location in Peoria are one step closer to having a union. Ballots for union election voting will be mailed to all employees on April 5, and counted on April 26. Workers say the process is moving faster than expected. Last week, attorneys for Starbucks conceded the company’s right to a […]

Crowded GOP field lines up to challenge Pritzker, Stratton

SPRINGFIELD – Seven teams of Republicans and one team of Democrats have lined up to challenge Gov. JB Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton in the 2022 elections. Monday was the deadline for candidates to turn in their nominating petitions to the Illinois State Board of Elections to get their names on the June 28 […]

Danville tinkers with teacher shortage solution

DANVILLE — As schools throughout Illinois grapple with teacher shortages, Danville is working out the kinks in a grow-your-own teacher program. Danville School District 118 has promised to cover class costs for assistant teachers and other staff who want to go back to school to become teachers. Despite interest from about 20 staff members, just […]