Millikin women's basketball coach Lori Kerans will be resigning at the end of this season after 32 years leading the Big Blue, including the 2005 NCAA Division III National Championship.

Four other stories you should see are a federal trial date has been set in the University of Illinois missing scholar case, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner in the GOP primary visited Decatur, courts have a month to set new bail policies and Decatur has kiosk as part of Walgreens drug take-back program.

Lori Kerans resigning as Millikin women's coach

Lori Kerans is resigning her role as head women’s basketball coach at Millikin University.

She will continue to run the program she has coached for 32 seasons until the conclusion of this season and will transition into the role of Director of Alumni Engagement for Millikin, she told the Herald & Review.

Kerans informed her team of her decision Monday morning.

Onetime Rauner supporter welcomes Ives to Decatur business

State Rep. Jeanne Ives was welcomed by a onetime supporter of Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday as she kept her message squarely on the economy during an all-day Decatur tour.

The Wheaton Republican is challenging Rauner in the March 20 primary election. She told nearly 20 people who joined her stop at Stripmasters Services Inc. that she would lead a “revolt” against the state's political leadership and repeatedly criticized Rauner for not doing enough to stop the outmigration of residents and jobs from Illinois.

Ives' message rang true for Stripmasters owner Mark Scranton, a onetime Rauner supporter who gave Ives and about a dozen other people a tour of his facility.

“Right now, I don’t want another four years of what I’ve seen the past three years,” Scranton said.

Trial date set for U of I kidnapping case 

A federal judge has set an April 2019 trial date for a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.

U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce set the date during a hearing Monday.

Prosecutors announced Jan. 19 they'll seek the death penalty, saying Christensen allegedly tortured Yingying Zhang before killing her.

Courts have a month adjust to new bail law

Courts across Illinois have had about a month to adjust to the requirements of the new bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Bail Reform Act in the summer that requires courts to consider a detainee's circumstances when setting conditions of release or imposing monetary bail.

Walgreens expands drug take-back program

The newest weapon in the battle against prescription opioid abuse and misuse of other medicines is an unassuming bin in an increasing number of pharmacies.

Walgreens, with several partners, announced Monday it is expanding its number of safe medication disposal kiosks nationwide from 600 to 1,500.

In Illinois, the number is increasing by 40, meaning there will be more than 80 kiosks at Walgreen pharmacies where people can safely and anonymously drop off unused and no-longer-needed medicines. Decatur has a kiosk at Walgreens location on Illinois 48.

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