LIVE UPDATES: Central Illinois Local Elections

Champaign County results updated 10:30 pm on Friday 4/7; other results updated at 10:00am on Wednesday 4/7. Follow Illinois Newsroom’s live election coverage, including voting updates, race calls and analysis. Voting results are unofficial, and could change due to outstanding mail-in ballots received by election officials between Election Day and certification of election results on […]

Harris: Vaccinated Can Be ‘Role Models’ For Friends, Family

CHICAGO — Vice President Kamala Harris is urging Chicago union members to share their experience receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and act as “role models” for family and friends who may be reluctant even as Illinois prepares to open access to all adults. Harris on Tuesday visited a vaccination site in Chicago that opened last week […]

Dosunmu Leaving Illinois; Entering NBA Draft

URBANA – University of Illinois standout basketball player Ayo Dosunmu is headed for the NBA Draft. The junior made the announcement on ESPN today. This spring, Dosunmu lead the Illini to the Big Ten Conference tournament title and number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. The NBA draft will take place July 29.

ISBE Director On Leave After Attempted Online Extortion, Agency Reports

SPRINGFIELD — One day before Tuesday’s consolidated election, the Illinois State Board of Elections executive director was placed on administrative leave after being the subject of an online extortion attempt, ISBE said in a news release. The eight-member elections board voted unanimously on Monday to place Director Steve Sandvoss on leave, according to the release. […]

Illinois Schools Will Get $7B To Help Students With Pandemic Recovery

CHAMPAIGN – School districts in Illinois will receive $7 billion in federal funding over three years for kindergarten through high school education. The influx of cash comes from the American Rescue Plan Act, the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus package, which Congress passed earlier this year.  This funding is in addition other monies provided by the […]

217 Today: April 6, 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Today’s headlines: Voters are choosing candidates Tuesday for local offices from mayor to school board. Polls are open until 7 p.m. Gov. JB Pritzker stopped in Champaign on Monday to discuss money coming to schools from the American Rescue Plan Act. Republican Congressman Rodney Davis is calling for the governor to live up […]

Black Medical Students Navigate Systemic Racism To Fulfill A Mission

Black medical students face challenges from the beginning. With less access to quality public school education, many find themselves ill-prepared and it takes them multiple tries at standardized tests required for medical school entrance. Once accepted, some are faced with racism inside the lecture and hospital halls.

Davis Says White House Infrastructure Plan Needs GOP Input

URBANA – Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis is appealing to bipartisanship, as he joins fellow Republicans in opposing the White House infrastructure plan. Davis made his comments Monday at Willard Airport, south of Champaign, where he toured runway and taxiway improvements. “Well this is awesome,” said Davis, as he was shown improvements paid for by federal […]