Juneteenth Could Become A State Holiday

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois could have a new state holiday commemorating the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people were freed. A state senate committee Wednesday approved making June 19 Juneteenth National Freedom Day. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood, sponsored the bill, which would create a paid holiday for state employees. She said the day […]

Sinfonia Da Camera To Present Live Chamber Performances

CHAMPAIGN — After a long year with virtually no live, indoor music performances, we’re beginning to see a few green shoots of hope this spring. Next week, musicians from Sinfonia da Camera are holding three chamber music performances at University Place Christian Church at 403 S. Wright St in Champaign. They are scheduled for Monday […]

217 Today — March 26, 2021

Friday, March 26, 2021 Today’s headlines: More than two-thirds of staff at Illinois prisons rejected their chance at getting the COVID-19 vaccine. A bill state legislators say would expand voting rights is on its way to the governor after passing the Senate. It would increase vote by mail options and allow curbside voting. Larger cities in Illinois […]

Savoy’s Home Rule Referendum Attracts Supporters & Opponents

SAVOY – Larger towns in Illinois with more than 25,000 people have home rule powers automatically granted to them under the state constitution. Smaller towns have to ask voters for permission. And that’s what’s happening with the April 6 election in Savoy, just south of Champaign.   Home rule powers allow a city or village […]