Director Of Rantoul’s New Sports Complex Promises A Big Impact

RANTOUL – Construction crews are finishing up their work on the Rantoul Family Sports Complex for a mid-April opening. The village-owned facility, with 18 fields for baseball, soccer and other sports, will host local sports programs in Rantoul. But it’s really aimed at sports tourism: regional sports events that can bring families and their dollars […]

Committees Look To Address State’s Mental Health Care Needs

State Capitol of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Committees dealing with mental health and addiction met in both the Illinois House and Senate Friday to discuss a new crisis born from the COVID pandemic. “We’re fully into what I consider to be the second pandemic, which is mental health and addiction, and we have so much work to do,” Rep. Deb […]

‘Life-Changing’ Stimulus Checks Begin Rolling Out

WASHINGTON – When Mike Phelps moved from Detroit to western Kentucky in 2019, he brought his small business, GenDrop, with him. GenDrop rents out generator power for concerts and music festivals. Phelps had already powered nearly 100 special events throughout Michigan, and he hoped to do the same in his new state. But when the pandemic hit, […]

Cockburn Outduels Garza In Matchup Of Top Big Men

INDIANAPOLIS — The first time Illinois center Kofi Cockburn and Iowa center Luka Garza faced off, back in 2020, Garza owned the day. The Hawkeyes’ 6-foot-10 playmaker made Cockburn look inexperienced and uncomfortable, limiting him to just six points in a 72-65 Hawkeyes win in January of 2020. On that day, Garza exploded for 25 […]