March 18, 2012 |
The family, spread across Illinois, picked a convenient location for a Sunday lunch to celebrate Kathy Sondgeroth's 59th birthday. Turns out, it was convenient for Mitt Romney too. When they found out Romney was campaigning at the restaurant, they held on to their table, which was right in front of a fake barn and also the photo-perfect backdrop for the Republican presidential front-runner. Romney, noticing they were celebrating a birthday, led the restaurant in singing. And when he left, he hoisted 7-month-old Stryder.
November 20, 2013 |
Verbum Dei senior defensive end-linebacker Jabril Frazier has picked up a scholarship offer from Illinois. He previously had offers from Arizona, Utah, San Diego State and Houston. He had 17 sacks this season. Servite junior receiver Equanimeous St. Brown picked up three more offers this week from Utah, Northwestern and Arizona. He also has offers from Indiana, San Diego State, Washington State and Illinois. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
March 21, 2012 |
Six times in the last 36 years the Illinois primary has settled a presidential nominating fight. It is too soon to declare this year's turbulent GOP contest over. But the end may be visible from the top of Chicago's John Hancock Tower. Mitt Romney's commanding win in the Illinois primary stamps him -- once and for all -- as the overwhelming, indisputable and probably uncatchable favorite to lead Republicans into the fall campaign against President Obama. There are two tracks to the GOP race, now in its third month of balloting, and the former Massachusetts governor is winning both.
March 19, 2012 |
This city has been named among America's fattest, most miserable and most dangerous in the course of the last year, and Rick Santorum started his last day of primary campaigning in Illinois pledging to make things better. The Republican presidential candidate said Monday he could improve the country by uniting it, and then proceeded to attack his main GOP opponent as "uniquely disqualified" to beat President Obama. In a full day that is scheduled to include 19 TV, radio and public appearances in an effort to capture a primary that seems to be slipping away, Santorum stayed close to his main talking points, which include repealing the president's healthcare law, getting more aggressive on Iran and focusing more closely on the Constitution, a promise that got especially loud applause from the audience in the Venetian Club, an Italian American meeting hall here.
March 17, 2012 |
There's something about Mitt Romney that, to use her words, creeps LaDonna Talbert out. She doesn't trust the Republican presidential hopeful and isn't convinced by his jeans and open-collar shirts that Romney relates to the people of small-town and rural America. Her dismissive advice: "Just go back to the suit, dude. " On Tuesday, Talbert plans to vote for Rick Santorum in the Illinois primary, even though she knows it will be tough for him to overtake Romney and wrestle the nomination away.
December 10, 2012 |
More than half a century later, the case is closed. Seventy-three-year-old Jack McCullough received a life sentence Monday for the 1957 abduction and killing of 7-year-old Maria E. Ridulph of Sycamore, Ill. A lifetime ago, the two had been neighbors. In those days -- when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president and Elvis dominated the airwaves -- Ridulph's disappearance one night, while playing with a friend in the dark on a December evening, horrified the state and the country. Eisenhower himself was reported to have asked for updates on the case.