News

Today in entertainment history: March 12

Today in entertainment history: March 12

ON THIS DAY IN 1969: "Mrs. Robinson," by Simon and Garfunkel, won best song. Photo: Associated Press

1958: Singer Billie Holiday was given a year’s probation on a narcotics possession charge. She died the next year of alcohol and drug abuse.

1969: “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel was named Song and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards, beating out “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.

1998: Cathay Pacific airline banned Liam Gallagher of Oasis from its flights after he threatened to stab a pilot.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”) is 81. Singer Al Jarreau is 74. Singer-actress Liza Minnelli is 68. Singer James Taylor is 66. Keyboardist Bill Payne of Little Feat is 65. Actor Jon Provost (“Lassie”) is 64. Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 58. Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jacksons is 57. Actor Jerry Levine is 57. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 54. Actor Jason Beghe (“Chicago P.D.” ”Chicago Fire” ”Californication”) is 54. Actor Titus Welliver (“Deadwood,” ”Brooklyn South”) is 53. Actress Julia Campbell is 51. Guitarist Graham Coxon of Blur is 45. Actor Rhys Coiro (“Entourage”) is 35. Actor Samm Levine (“Freaks and Geeks”) is 32. Actress Jaimie Alexander (“Thor” films, “Kyle XY”) is 30. Actress Kendall Applegate (“Desperate Housewives”) is 15.

Recent Headlines

in Local

State Lawmaker: IDOT Not the Only Agency Whose Hiring Process May be Suspect

idot

Federal monitor to check agency on hiring practices

in Local

Rauner Denies Involvement in Springfield Reporter’s Resignation

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Bruce Rauner says his fingerprints are not on the Chicago Sun-Times.

in Local

Raymond Cub Scouts Still Improving

medical

Police say the condition of three Cub Scouts is improving after they were injured in a chemical explosion.

in Local

Springfield Unemployment Numbers Show Decline

jobs

Unemployment dropped in all of Illinois' metro areas in September

in Election 2014, Local

Durbin: Sun-Times Reporter’s Departure “Worrisome”

Republican state Sen., Jim Oberweis, right, offers to give Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, more paper after Durbin joked about only getting one page of paper for notes before their first of two televised debates prior to the Nov. 4 election Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Chicago. Oberweis, a dairy entrepreneur from Sugar Grove, has acknowledged it will take a big GOP year to unseat Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who's represented Illinois on Capitol Hill for more than three decades.

Bruce Rauner’s campaign is being accused of bullying the Chicago Sun-Times, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says that should be a troubling sign to voters.