Commission To Call For Overhaul Of Early Childhood Education Funding

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SPRINGFIELD – A commission that Gov. JB Pritzker appointed in 2019 will soon issue a report calling for a complete overhaul in the way the state handles its budget for early childhood education along with a massive increase in funding for early childhood programs. Speaking Monday at a hearing for a House appropriations committee that […]

Deb Haaland Confirmed As First Native American Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON – Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo, has become the first Native American cabinet secretary in U.S. history. The Senate voted 51-40 Monday to confirm the Democratic Congresswoman to lead the Interior Department, an agency that will play a crucial role in the Biden administration’s ambitious efforts to combat climate change and […]

Illini ‘Never Stopped Dreaming’ In Quest For March Glory

INDIANAPOLIS — It took Brad Underwood 26 years to become an NCAA Division I head basketball coach. But he said he never doubted the time would come. On Sunday, after Illinois men’s basketball earned the Big Ten tournament title with a 91-88 win in overtime against Ohio State, Underwood reflected on his journey. “I had […]

Illinois Launches COVID Vaccine Hotline

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday afternoon launched a COVID-19 vaccine hotline — something advocates have been asking Gov. JB Pritzker…

Illini Celebrate Big Ten Tournament Title, No. 1 NCAA Seed

INDIANAPOLIS — Giorgi Bezhanishvili and Kofi Cockburn were at a loss for words as they observed the spectacle of a Big Ten Tournament Championship Sunday in Indianapolis. “I was trying to collect the whole moment within me,” said Bezhanishvili. “All these people who I’ve been with every single day, working, and see them, so so […]

COVID-19 Came To Champaign County One Year Ago

URBANA – Champaign County has been living with COVID-19 for one year. Sunday, March 15, 2020, was the day when the first COVID-19 case was announced in Champaign County. The news turned the coronavirus from a headline for county residents, to an eminent danger that has yet to let up. An effort was made to […]

Some Illinois Clinics Serving Vulnerable Communities Still Waiting On COVID Vaccines

MURPHYSBORO – Some who work for clinics targeting vulnerable, hard-to-reach populations say they would like to play a bigger role in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. But those clinics are still waiting to get access to doses. Karla Grathler is the coordinator of the Farmworker Health Program at Shawnee Health Service, a community health center […]