Illinois soldiers who fought at Gettysburg honored with memorial
BEMENT | A central Illinois historic site is honoring Illinois soldiers who fought in the battle of Gettysburg.
The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement will display 140 small flags throughout much of the month of November to mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
About 140 soldiers from Illinois were dead, wounded or missing after the historic battle.
The state's Historic Preservation Agency notes that an Illinois cavalry unit was one of the first involved in combat.
Some photos barred from next Sheley murder trial
MORRISON | A judge has barred prosecutors from presenting some graphic crime scene photos at the next murder trial of Nicholas Sheley.
The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports that Rock Island County Judge Jeffrey O'Connor admitted 28 of 57 images.
Sheley's trial is set for Jan. 10. He's accused of beating four people to death in a Rock Falls apartment in 2008.
Defense attorney Jeremy Karlin argued the photos' effect was "unduly prejudicial."
Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward said the images were important because there were no eyewitnesses.
Springfield schools sued over weapons policy
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The father of a straight-A high school senior who was expelled for having a hunting knife in his car trunk is suing the Springfield School District, claiming its zero-tolerance weapons policy is unfair.
The lawsuit claims district failed to taken into account that the student had a 5.0089 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale, was a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, belonged to the varsity golf and tennis teams and had no previous disciplinary problems, the (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported Friday.
The lawsuit, filed by the boy's father, Allen Mueller, also claims the district violated the Illinois School Code by failing to publish its weapons policy for public inspection in its administrative office.