Preliminary investigations suggest that two separate shooting incidents near the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, which cost one man his life and wounded six others, were related, according to a statement posted by the city of Champaign.
Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign falsely asserted on its website that the Illinois Republican was a veteran of the Iraq war, a misstatement that comes six years after exaggerations over his military record nearly cost him his state's Senate seat.
Shannon Vincel of Springfield, Missouri, will be laid to rest Tuesday. The breast cancer patient was sitting outside the guest quarters of Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois on Aug. 15 when she was struck in the head with an unknown object by a man, the Zion Police department said in a press release. She sustained severe head trauma and died the following night at Condell Medical Center, where she was transported by Zion Fire/Rescue. She was 46.
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs recalls the exact moment in late 2005 that then-Sen. Barack Obama, a newly elected senator from Illinois, began shifting his thinking about running for president in 2008 from an emphatic "no" to "maybe."
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