News Around Illinois – January 29, 2020

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Answers Demanded About DNA Testing Backlog SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police are working their way through the backlog of DNA evidence, and have recently decreased the number of delayed cases by 16 percent. But the turnaround time is still, on average, 215 days. On Tuesday, Carrie Ward, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, […]

Plane Crash Near Springfield Kills Coroner & Former Springfield Mayor

SPRINGFIELD – Sources have confirmed a former Springfield Mayor and his wife, the current Sangamon County Coroner, were among three people who died in a small plane crash Tuesday afternoon.    Frank Edwards was a former Springfield Fire Chief, long serving alderman and was appointed mayor in 2010 to fill a vacancy.  He stayed in […]

No Coronavirus In Champaign County, But Health Officials Say They’re Ready

CHAMPAIGN – Health officials in Champaign County say they are ready, if any cases of the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China should turn up locally. But they say no cases have shown up so far. As of Tuesday, five cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the United States, with one […]

Coronavirus Information Center

Updated: Feb. 20 12:00 a.m. This is an updated blog of our stories on the coronavirus. The World Health Organization announced January 30 that the outbreak of a deadly and fast-spreading strain of coronavirus constitutes a global health emergency. The pneumonia-like illness has killed dozens in China. Several cases have been reported in the United […]

Inskeep’s ‘Imperfect Union’ Examines Frémonts, Westward Expansion

You hear Steve Inskeep’s voice weekday mornings on hundreds of public radio stations across the country, including WILL, as one of the hosts of NPR’s Morning Edition. He’s also a bestselling author. His latest book out this month looks at the westward expansion of the United States in the mid-19th century, through the story of […]