A Third Of Champaign County Health Care Workers Declined The Vaccine, Health Officials Say

URBANA – Despite more Champaign County residents becoming eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, one-third of health care personnel in the county still aren’t vaccinated due to their own concerns about the vaccine, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD).  Champaign County is currently in the middle of Phase 1b of its vaccine rollout […]

‘C-U At Austin’s Place’ Emergency Women’s Shelter Moves To New Permanent Home

CHAMPAIGN – An emergency women’s shelter in Champaign, “C-U at Austin’s Place,” is now operating out of a new permanent location. Starting 13 years ago as a grassroots mission effort by Champaign’s First United Methodist Church, the Austin’s Place women’s shelter has been operating lately out of local churches. In the past year, the shelter […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Jan. 15, 2021

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike held a COVID-19 press briefing today as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Illinois National Guard Activated To Secure State Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois National Guard members will be on duty this weekend in Springfield in response to state capitols being threatened across the country. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that members of the National Guard will be working closely with state Police and local and federal authorities to keep the capital city safe. Some windows […]

Welch Sworn In As House Speaker, Ending Madigan’s Decades-Long Hold On Illinois Politics

SPRINGFIELD – Former House Speaker Mike Madigan is now merely State Rep. Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) for the first time in nearly four decades as the embattled Democratic leader passed the gavel on to new Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) Wednesday. Welch becomes Illinois’ first Black House speaker — a milestone celebrated by groups statewide in […]

Illinois Restaurant Association Again Calls On Pritzker To Reopen Indoor Dining

SPRINGFIELD – Certain regions in Illinois will be allowed to transition to less restrictive COVID-19 measures beginning Friday. But that doesn’t mean restaurants and bars will be allowed to resume indoor service, despite another public call for reopening from the restaurant industry Thursday. The Illinois Restaurant Association again asked Pritzker to alter his metrics on indoor […]