Confederate Railroad says name got it ousted from state fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Southern rock group Confederate Railroad says it has been removed from the DuQuoin State Fair's Grandstand lineup because of its name.

Frontman Danny Shirley said in a statement Tuesday that the band is disappointed but thanked fans for their support.

The group was scheduled to play Aug. 27. The Illinois Department of Agriculture canceled the appearance last week. It didn't give a reason but said it "is in the best interest" of the state.

The band's logo features a steam locomotive flying dual flags of the Confederacy which fought the Civil War that led to slavery's abolition.

Confederate Railroad was to appear with Shenandoah and Restless Heart. Shenandoah said in a statement that it will still play but "this 'political correctness' has to stop. It's tearing our country apart."

Police say woman died at Davenport hotel bowling alley

DAVENPORT (AP) — Authorities say an employee has died at a hotel bowling alley in Davenport.

Police and medics were called to the Hotel Blackhawk a little after 10 p.m. Sunday. They found 27-year-old Brittany Russell unresponsive in the bowling alley. She was pronounced dead there.

Police say a preliminary investigation shows she was the victim of an accident. Details haven't been released.

Police say Russell was employed by the Blackhawk Bowl and Martini Lounge.

Museum Society offers day trips to explore Illinois history

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Museum Society is offering day trips for people to explore the state's history and culture this summer by coach bus.

The first trip is scheduled Aug. 10. It will feature a visit to the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery and a 90-minute walking tour of the Old Joliet Prison. The facility was Illinois' second state prison, and operated from 1858 to 2002. It was famously featured in the movie "The Blues Brothers."

The second trip is Sept. 14 and will focus on African American history. The first stop will be in New Philadelphia, the site of the first town platted and registered by an African American. The group will then visit the Huck Finn Freedom Center in Hannibal, Missouri.

Trips range in cost from $114 to $149.

Man gets 60 years for woman's slaying in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A man has been given 60 years for the slaying of a woman in Cedar Rapids.

Station KCRG reports that 25-year-old Zackary Ildefonso was sentenced Monday. He'd pleaded guilty in May to voluntary manslaughter and other crimes. Prosecutors had reduced the charges in return for Ildefonso's pleas.

Prosecutors say Ildefonso fatally shot 33-year-old Heidi Stephens on Nov. 20, 2017, after an argument about a purse that he had stolen from her. He also shot at Andrew Shank in an attempt to kill him during the same dispute.