U Of I Officials Urge Students, Employees To Use COVID-19 ‘Safer Illinois’ App

CHAMPAIGN – Twice-a-week COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who intend to participate in campus life. Campus officials are now encouraging everyone on the Urbana campus to download and use the “Safer Illinois” app, which provides testing results, reminders and other personalized information. “We […]

Environmental Groups Push To Strengthen Illinois EPA’s Proposed Coal Ash Rules

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois EPA (IEPA) testified last week in defense of proposed coal ash rules before the Illinois Pollution Control Board and the public. The rules would specify how the agency cleans up sites under the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act passed last year. That includes the cleanup and closure of coal combustion residual […]

For Cross-Country Athlete, Pandemic ‘Bigger Than The Sport’

The Big Ten Conference announced last week that all fall sports were being postponed because of the pandemic, with a chance that they’ll compete in the spring. Brian Moline talks with Fighting Illini distance runner Jack LaLonde about the cancellation of cross country season. But that’s not the case for cross country. Because those athletes […]

News Around Illinois – Aug. 17, 2020

Illinois Imposes New Metro East COVID-19 Rules After Spike CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced fresh restrictions Sunday for southwestern Illinois after a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. The rules, effective Tuesday, include limiting meetings and social events to the lesser of 25 people or 25% of overall room capacity and closing bars and casinos […]

Despite Pandemic, Home Prices On The Rise

Despite the global pandemic, U.S. home prices have been rising nationwide. This interactive map shows home price changes in U.S. metropolitan and micropolitan areas from May 2019 through May 2020. This map is current as of August 6, 2020 and will not update.

Data: Illinois Sees Record Cannabis Sales Amid Pandemic

CHICAGO  — State figures show that recreational marijuana sales in Illinois total more than $300 million since the start of the year. The Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation and New Frontier Data reported that July cannabis sales were the highest of the year at $61 million. That number is up from 47.6 million […]