delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:43:09 +0000 Rock Island professor's “long commute” takes him to Ireland for the summer Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:36:34 +0000 Vavrosky takes plea bargain Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:34:46 +0000 Cala Smoldt/Staff Reporter Young charged with domestic battery Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:28:11 +0000 Cala Smoldt/Staff Reporter Morning Jolt: Lupita Nyong'o named 'Most Beautiful' by People Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:07:29 +0000 In the news

People magazine has named Lupita Nyong'o as the "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. The 31-year-old actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "12 Years a Slave," tops the magazine's list, announced Wednesday. Commenting on being selected for this year's cover, Nyong'o says: "It was exciting [...]]]> Morning Jolt: Biden says Russia must 'stop talking and start acting' Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:51:59 +0000 In the news

Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine, offering a show of support for the besieged nation as an international agreement aimed at stemming its ongoing crisis appeared in doubt.

Standing alongside acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Biden called on Moscow to encourage pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate government buildings and [...]]]> Rockridge Prom Court Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:47:38 +0000 Pictured in the attached photo are members of the Junior-Senior Prom Court:
Front Row (L to R) are the Senior Queen Candidates: Jen Ziemer, Gabe [...]]]>
"More Fun on 81" is June 7 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:43:11 +0000 Today in the News: Ford CEO to retire, reports say Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 News to know

According to a report by Bloomberg News, Ford CEO Alan Mulally will retire within a month, and Mark Fields will be named his successor. Fields is currently COO for Ford. Mulally has been the head of Ford since 2006 and led the company through the recession without taking a government bailout, which other American automakers did. [...]]]> Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:58:40 +0000 By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles [...]]]> Morning Jolt: Evacuation order came too late for many on sinking ferry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:51:42 +0000 In the news

An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

The first instructions from the captain [...]]]> Today in the News: Chelsea Clinton says she's pregnant Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:48:00 +0000 News to know

Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are "very excited" to be having their first child later this year. The former first lady says she's "really excited" about becoming a grandmother and it makes the work of [...]]]> Sherrard hears calls for Brown reinstatement Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:17:04 +0000 By Robert Blackford/Editor Today in the News: Search continues for those missing from ferry disaster Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:50:14 +0000 News to know

Some 160 coast guard and navy divers searched for survivors inside the wreckage of a ferry that sank off of South Korea this morning. Cho Man-yong, a coast guard spokesman, said 16 divers approached the ferry Wednesday night but failed to get inside because the current was too strong. He said the water was very muddy and visibility [...]]]> 19th Annual Carl Sandburg Festival to Take Place April 23-26 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:12:05 +0000 Dozens of students set to go bald to help conquer cancer Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:17:24 +0000 Broker Associates at RE/MAX Blackhawk Valley of Andalusia Saluted for 2013 Achievements Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:10:45 +0000 THE 'AMBROSE BRIEF' Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:45:47 +0000 ST. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES SPRING COMMENCEMENT EVENTS Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:35:26 +0000 8th ANNUAL BAND SHELL OPENING Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:17:04 +0000 Royal Neighbors of America reports strong results in 2013 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:18:44 +0000