Bill Allows Victims To Collect Pretrial Interest On Civil Damages

State Capitol of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly last week pushed through legislation to allow victims in all personal injury and wrongful death cases to collect interest on money they were awarded by a court starting from the moment the alleged injury or death took place. House Bill 3360 is meant to deter companies or individuals who are sued […]

New Champaign Unit 4 Schools Leader Moving From Springfield

CHAMPAIGN – The next superintendent of Champaign Unit 4 Schools is moving from Springfield. On Thursday night, the Board of Education announced its selection of Shelia Boozer. Boozer is 23-year veteran of education.  She is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning and Technology in Springfield District 186. Boozer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from […]

Building Trust Is Key To Ensuring Farmworker Access To COVID Testing, Vaccine

Lea este artículo en español aquí. For more than a decade, Saraí has been a farmworker, cultivating corn and soybeans in the fields of central Illinois. She moved to the U.S. from Mexico to find work that would allow her to better support her family. Being an agricultural worker “is the most beautiful thing,” Saraí […]

Biden Focuses On COVID-19 Strategy With 10 Executive Actions

Updated at Thursday 3:36 p.m. ET WASHINGTON – President Biden signed a series of orders and directives on his second day in office to take charge of stopping the spread of the coronavirus — steps that he and his advisers say will start to boost testing, vaccinations, supplies and treatments. Accelerating the sluggish federal response to COVID-19 is Biden’s top […]

From The 21st: Illinoisans’ Hopes for the Biden Administration

WASHINGTON – Presidential inaugurations are by definition historic events. Joe Biden officially become the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021 just before noon Wednesday during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The inauguration came two weeks after a violent mob of white nationalists brawled with police and smashed their way into the Capitol building, […]

Education Bill To Revamp Social Studies Classes

Rotunda of Illinois State Capitol

SPRINGFIELD – Social studies classes in Illinois public schools are about to get a major overhaul, with more emphasis on Black history and the contributions of other underrepresented groups to American culture. In addition, within the next few years, all school districts in the state will be required to offer computer science courses and more […]

Illinois Could Expand Access To Higher Education In Prison Through Pell Grants

WASHINGTON – Federal financial aid to people in prison was quietly restored as part of a COVID-19 stimulus bill passed by Congress last month. The U.S. Department of Education has until 2023 to reinstate Pell Grant access to people in prison — which was previously banned under the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement […]