Vote-By-Mail, Curbside Voting Expansion Passes House

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House passed a bill Thursday that would make permanent some vote-by-mail and curbside voting expansions that the state adopted ahead of the 2020 presidential election due to the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 1871, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Katie Stuart, of Edwardsville, passed 70-41, and takes effect immediately. Under the bill, Illinois […]

State High Court Rules Against Woman Seeking To Withdraw Guilty Plea

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois criminal code does not require a trial judge to inform a person who enters a guilty plea that the plea could affect his or their employment if the plea wasn’t made during the initial court hearing, the Illinois Supreme Court decided on Thursday. In a 17-page opinion, a unanimous Supreme Court […]

With Illini Fans In Celebration Mode, Champaign County Health Officials Urge Caution

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County health officials are urging caution ahead of the upcoming NCAA tournament, where the University of Illinois men’s basketball team will compete for the first time in eight years. With fans fired up from a series of recent wins, officials are worried that packed sports bars and watch parties could contribute to […]

With Illinois Financial Aid Applications Down, Campaign Urges Students To Apply

SPRINGFIELD – Fewer Illinois families have applied for college financial aid this year using the FAFSA — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — and a campaign is underway to get more families in the state to complete the form.  According to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, overall FAFSA completion is down nearly 5% […]