Mattoon Mayor Tim Gover Dies

Timothy D. Gover, the longtime mayor of the eastern Illinois town of Mattoon, has died. A statement issued by the city says Gover died Thursday morning, from “lingering health issues”. He was believed to be in his early 80s. Gover, a Mattoon native, loved his home town and his home county, Coles County, according to […]

Migrant Farm Workers Allege Pesticide Exposure In Central IL

CHICAGO — More than two dozen migrant workers from Texas allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were sprayed with toxic pesticides while working in central Illinois cornfields. They include teenagers, workers in their 60s and a pregnant woman. The lawsuit alleges the workers were sprayed by a helicopter and plane treating fields in […]

Ask The Newsroom: Enforcing Mask Mandates, Churches Closing, Reinfection, COVID In Prisons

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions from listeners about the pandemic. Have a question you want answered? Ask here. In today’s edition of “Ask the Newsroom,” we covered how to report businesses that are uncooperative with social distancing mandates, how churches are operating, why you should still take precautions even if you’ve contracted and […]

‘A Lot Of Us Are Tired’: Illinois Hospitals Bracing For An Even Worse Second Wave

EVANSTON – Across Illinois, more than 80% of all ICU beds are now occupied, according to data from the state’s department of public health.  The recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is raising concerns among state leaders and public health officials about hospitals potentially filling up in the coming weeks.  Dr. Ernest Wang, past-president […]

217 Today — Dec. 4, 2020

Friday December 4, 2020 Today’s headlines: Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger is blaming Democratic Governor JB Pritzker for not controlling a fatal COVID outbreak at an Illinois veterans’ home. Illinois’ blood supply is again experiencing a critical shortage as the Coronavirus pandemic wears on. State health officials announced nearly 11,000 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and almost 200 additional […]

Baylor Neutralizes Illini Stars, Cruises To 82-69 Win

INDIANAPOLIS — The Baylor Bears showed why they are ranked number two in the country, beating the fifth-ranked Fighting Illini men’s basketball team 82-69 Wednesday night in Indianapolis. Davion Mitchell and Adam Flagler scored 15 and 18 points respectively to lead the Bears, combining for 58% shooting and 6-11 on three-pointers. It was a stark […]