- At Illinois, Smith breaks ground he's broken before Updated: Apr-30-16 2:32 am
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - When he took over the Chicago Bears in 2004 and again this spring when Illinois hired him, Lovie Smith broke new ground that came with his title. In each case, he was the team's first black head coach.
- Bears move down, take K-State G Whitehair with 56th pick Updated: Apr-30-16 12:32 am
LAKE FOREST, Illinois - General manager Ryan Pace wants to create competition throughout the roster, and the Chicago Bears did just that on the offensive line.
- The Latest: 3rd round a graduation party for Bengals' Dunlap Updated: Apr-29-16 11:25 pm
CHICAGO - The Latest on the second day of the NFL draft (all times Eastern):
- LBs Jack, Jaylon Smith go early in 2nd round of NFL draft Updated: Apr-29-16 11:18 pm
CHICAGO - It was a long wait and a soft landing for Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith.
- Mistakes cost White Sox in 6-3 loss to Orioles Updated: Apr-29-16 11:08 pm
BALTIMORE - For the second straight game, mistakes proved to be costly for the Chicago White Sox.
- Woman pleads not-guilty in poisoning death of husband Updated: Apr-29-16 10:49 pm
GENEVA, Illinois - A suburban Chicago woman has entered a not guilty plea to charges she fatally poisoned her husband after prosecutors said she failed in a previous attempt.
- Medical examiner rules bartender's death a homicide Updated: Apr-29-16 10:48 pm
CHICAGO - The Cook County medical examiner has ruled a homicide the death of a Chicago bartender who was left unconscious on the street after being punched and accidently run over by taxi.
- Singer Jamey Johnson to perform at Du Quoin State Fair Updated: Apr-29-16 10:48 pm
DU QUOIN, Illinois - Country music artist Jamey Johnson will perform at the Du Quoin State Fair this summer.
- Employee charged with arson in furniture warehouse fire Updated: Apr-29-16 10:48 pm
CHICAGO - An employee of a suburban Chicago furniture warehouse is facing federal arson charges for allegedly seeing a fire that destroyed the building.
- Raiders select defensive end Jihad Ward in 2nd round Updated: Apr-29-16 10:37 pm
ALAMEDA, California - Jihad Ward's path to the NFL included spending two years in junior college and a rare position change - moving from safety and wide receiver to the defensive line.
- Reimold's homer lifts Orioles past White Sox 6-3 Updated: Apr-29-16 9:51 pm
- Veteran of presidential museums name to head Lincoln library Updated: Apr-29-16 9:16 pm
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has named the director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum to direct the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
- For first-round pick Floyd, Bears seem like perfect fit Updated: Apr-29-16 7:41 pm
LAKE FOREST, Illinois - Leonard Floyd was so impressed during his visit with the Chicago Bears he did not want to leave. The outside linebacker from Georgia will be spending plenty of more time with them.
- Missed chances, grand slam doom Braves in 6-1 loss to Cubs Updated: Apr-29-16 7:17 pm
CHICAGO - The Atlanta Braves are going to have to wait a little longer to come up with just their second winning streak this season.
- Szczur hits grand slam, Lester fans 10 as Cubs beat Braves Updated: Apr-29-16 6:31 pm
CHICAGO - When Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber was lost for the season with a knee injury, Matt Szczur took on a new role as a reserve outfielder.
- Swastikas, noose lead U of Illinois to call for tolerance Updated: Apr-29-16 5:25 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - Police at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus said Friday they are investigating the appearance of three large swastikas in campus buildings while administrators said an employee has been fired over an apparently unrelated noose left on a table in a work area.
- $5 million bond set for suspect facing arson, murder charges Updated: Apr-29-16 4:42 pm
KANKAKEE, Illinois - Bond has been set at $5 million for a 61-year-old man facing murder and arson charges for allegedly setting an apartment building fire that killed two boys.
- Prince death investigation focuses on flight, drugs, doctor Updated: Apr-29-16 3:50 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing drugs for the musician in the weeks before he was found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home. A guide to the latest developments:
- Illinois weighs college aid for students in the US illegally Updated: Apr-29-16 3:34 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Laura Vivaldo considers herself fortunate among her Illinois college classmates who are in the U.S. illegally and struggle to pay tuition because they don't qualify for state or federal financial aid.
- Correction: Illinois Budget-Home Care-Overtime story Updated: Apr-29-16 1:21 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a story April 28 about overtime pay for personal home care providers, The Associated Press reported erroneously that providers who are unable to find replacements to work the extra hours would have to do the work for free. They will be approved for overtime pay if no backup providers can be found.
- MRI reveals minor right ankle sprain for Cubs' Kris Bryant Updated: Apr-29-16 12:34 pm
CHICAGO - An MRI has confirmed that Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs has a minor right ankle sprain.
- EXCHANGE: Normal man rides horse to Decatur for court date Updated: Apr-29-16 11:26 am
DECATUR, Illinois - After missing a series of previously scheduled court appearances in Decatur, a Normal man came up with an old-fashioned way to make sure he was there Thursday for his latest one.
- Most states, including Illinois, don't track toxic foam use Updated: Apr-29-16 9:52 am
CHICAGO - Illinois is one of 33 states not tracking the use of a toxic firefighting foam that has prompted the military to check U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination caused by chemicals.
- Lawmaker calls for Illinois to revoke Hastert's pension Updated: Apr-29-16 9:29 am
CHICAGO - An Illinois state senator is urging the state to strip Dennis Hastert of the taxpayer-funded pension he receives from when he was state legislator.
- Board to review 15 conditions for Illinois medical marijuana Updated: Apr-29-16 6:50 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois patients who want to use medical marijuana legally will try again to expand the program to include chronic pain, diabetes, migraine and other health conditions.