Craig Virgin selected to inaugural Fighting Illini hall of fame class

Craig Virgin, from Belleville, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, was selected as part of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini hall of fame class along with Nick Anderson, Lou Boudreau, Dee Brown, Tonja-Buford-Bailey, Dick Butkus, Jerry Colangelo, Dwight Dike Eddleman, Perdita Felicien, Harry Gill, Harold Red Grange, Abie Grossfeld, George Halas, George Huff, Mannie jackson, Karol Kahrs, Nancy Thies Marshall, Herb McKenley, Allie Morrison, Harold Osborn, Andy Phillip, Renee Heiken Slone, Steve Stricker, Mary Eggers Tendler, Craig Tiley, Deron Williams, Claude Buddy Young, Robert Zuppke. The class will officially be inducted in September 2017 at State Farm Center in Champaign, IL near Urbana, IL, after the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play the Illini football team in Memorial Stadium as part of Big Ten football conference play.

In political trouble in Kansas, Brownback heads for friendly national stage

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback received a warm welcome from Republican activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. But back home in Kansas, Brownback leaves a legislature in turmoil after a revolt within his own Republican Party forced him to veto a bill that repealing most of his signature tax cuts.

100 Illinois deaths from U-47700? Nope. But it is still a danger

A synthetic opioid ordered online from China is a threat, but not as big a threat as recently reported. Still, watch the kids’ online activity and have the talk about U-47700 to keep the drug overdose problem from continuing to grow in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

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Frequent-Flyer-in-Chief: President Obama's most historic foreign trips

As one of the most well-traveled Commander-in-Chiefs in U.S. history, President Obama has made numerous historic trips around the globe. From the Czech Republic to India and Cuba, Obama has prioritized foreign policy while logging thousands of miles on Air Force One.
Patrick Gleason and Nicole L. Cvetnic McClatchy
Frequent-Flyer-in-Chief: President Obama's most historic foreign trips 3:23

Frequent-Flyer-in-Chief: President Obama's most historic foreign trips

What is the harvest moon? 2:26

What is the harvest moon?

Collinsville Middle School is banning student cellphone use 3:58

Collinsville Middle School is banning student cellphone use

Althoff can't hold on as CBC wins a basketball thriller 1:30

Althoff can't hold on as CBC wins a basketball thriller