News

Willie Nelson celebrates his birthday with a Black Belt

Willie Nelson celebrates his birthday with a Black Belt

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLIE: Willie Nelson during an April performance. The star marked his 81st birthday in a big way. Photo: Associated Press

The country music legend marked his 81st birthday – yes 81! – by accepting a fifth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul.

The Black Belt honor comes just days after Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. He is also an expert in the martial arts of kung fu and tae kwon do.

Recent Headlines

1 min ago in Local

SEIU Healthcare Sues Rauner Over OT

Fresh
SEIU_Healthcare

The union representing home-care workers in Illinois has filed an unfair labor practices charge against Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration.

3 mins ago in Local

U of I Investigates Noose Found on Desk

Fresh
university illinois

University of Illinois officials are investigating discrimination claims by a group of black current and former university employees, including the discovery of a noose on a desk.

5 mins ago in Local

SIUE Approves Job Contracts

Fresh
siue

Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville has approved contracts for hiring temporary service employees.

10 mins ago in Local

State Collects More Late License Plate Fees

Fresh
license plate

Illinois collected another $1.6 million from late-vehicle registration fines in April to more than double its year-to-date haul from the same period last year as residents go without renewal reminders because there's no budget.

3 hours ago in Local

Rauner Declines to Endorse Trump

3-22-16 Rauner at State Fairgrounds

Rauner doesn't like Trump's "rhetoric."