As WCIA-TV evening news anchor Dave Benton shared his own devastating health news with viewers across central Illinois recently, he made it a point to acknowledge cancer is a battle many people and their loved ones face every day.
Jerry Verde, right, and the 2012 Crete Monee football team won the Class 6A title. Verde, now the coach at Marian Catholic, is opposed to separating public and private schools in the state tournament.
Mount Carmel running back and 2013 Times Offensive Player of the Year Matt Domer has been denied admission to the University of Illinois.
Mount Carmel's Matt Domer was denied admission to the University of Illinois and is now enrolled at Parkland College, a community college in Champaign.
The Mount Carmel team captains receive the Class 8A state championship trophy after the Caravan beat Glenbard North 28-14. It was the program's 11th state title and 10th under coach Frank Lenti.
Crete Monee players accept the 6A State championship trophy while head coach Jerry Verde, right, looks on. Verde left to become the head coach at Marian Catholic.
Mount Carmel football players and fans celebrate the Caravan's state championship on Saturday.
Mount Carmel quarterback Don Butkus explodes through the line for a second-quarter score Saturday night in the Class 8A state title game.
Mt. Carmel running back Draco Smith sprints down the sideline on his way to a first-quarter touchdown Saturday night.
Mt. Carmel defenders Conner Griffin, right, and Ronan Flaherty, left, team up to bring down Glenbard North running back Justin Jackson.
Mt. Carmel fans cheering on the Caravan
Mt. Carmel quarterback Don Butkus, who lives in Dyer, slices through the line for a first down during the IHSA championship Saturday.
Cary-Grove receiver Joey Scott, ground, fumbles and Crete-Monee's Deon Benton (8), left, recovers for a touchdown
Crete-Monee defenders swarm Cary-Grove wide receiver Marcus Thimios, center.
Crete-Monee players accept the 6A State Championship trophy while coach Jerry Verde, right, looks on
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. | When he was younger, Mike Benner nearly lost his life to drugs, alcohol and suicide.
Willie Williams was as fast as the speed of light.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | State public health workers will be working through the Christmas weekend investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to Jimmy John's restaurants Illinois.
RANKIN, Ill. | Investigators on Monday pored over the home of a downstate Illinois man killed in a weekend robbery attempt after he was identified as a potential suspect in the October bistate shootings near Beecher and Lowell.
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