Urbana City Council Devotes Special Meeting To Police Concerns

The Urbana City Council spent more than three hours Thursday night looking over police issues with members of the community. But council members have put off a discussion of next steps until July. The meeting, called by three city council members,  Jared Miller, Maryalice Wu and Dennis Roberts, featured comments by both community members and […]

Local Nurses Plan Demonstration To Address Issues Of Racism In Health Care

URBANA – A group of local nurses is organizing an event Sunday aimed at raising awareness about how racism is a public health issue. The “White Coats For Black Lives” demonstration will take place at 1 pm Sunday at the Crystal Lake Park pavilion in Urbana.  Champaign-Urbana nurse Cristina Kelly says recent protests against racial […]

Ask The Newsroom: Playgrounds Reopening, Nursing Home Visits, Weddings In Phase 4

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions from listeners to navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want answered? Ask here. In today’s edition of “Ask the Newsroom,” we sought answers — regarding the state’s moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan today — from Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public […]

News Around Illinois – June 26, 2020

Pritzker Touts Illinois Reopening As Other States Backtrack Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday that the state is progressing much more quickly than expected into the fourth phase of his five-part Restore Illinois program in response to the coronavirus, a vaccination for which is still at least several months away. Pritzker and his state public health […]

Local Libraries Reopen After Pandemic-Driven Closures

URBANA – With libraries allowed to reopen under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, both the Champaign Public Library and the Urbana Free Library open their doors to the public today after nearly four months of being closed. “We’re excited to reopen,” says Amanda Standerfer, Director of Development and Promotion at the Urbana Free […]

Champaign Park District Playgrounds, Basketball Courts Reopen Under Phase 4

CHAMPAIGN – Many state and local parks that remained open during Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan have seen high volumes of visitors anxious to get outside in recent weeks. As Illinois enters Phase 4 Friday, all outdoor recreation at parks can return, but some precautions will remain in place. Champaign Park District basketball […]