Rename Building Named For Stephen A. Douglas, Says EIU Committee

 CHARLESTON – A committee at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston voted unanimously (6-0) this week to recommend that a building named for Stephen A. Douglas be renamed, because of the 19th century politician’s ties to slavery. EIU’s University Naming Committee surveyed the campus and community about renaming Douglas Hall. The four-story dormitory, and its adjoining […]

Kinzinger Goes To Texas In Search Of Anti-Trump Republicans

MANSFIELD, Texas — Adam Kinzinger has come to Texas to hunt unicorns. The Illinois congressman is looking for Republicans who, like him, see former President Donald Trump as a scourge on their party and a threat to democracy. Kinzinger met with one sympathetic Republican, former President George W. Bush, on his first day in the […]

Rep. Cheri Bustos Will Not Seek Another Term In Congress

DEKALB – U.S. Illinois 17th District Representative Cheri Bustos announced on Friday that she will not seek a sixth term in Congress. The Democrat has represented her northwestern Illinois district, which includes the Quad Cities area, Peoria and Rockford, since 2013, the first woman to do so.  Her current term, her fifth, ends in January of […]

Investigation Of Deadly COVID Outbreak Found State-Run Veterans Home ‘Inefficient, Reactive…Chao

SPRINGFIELD — “Lack of COVID-19 preparation,” paired with “failures in communication” both in and outside of the state-run LaSalle Veterans Home contributed to a major COVID-19 outbreak that killed 36 residents at the facility and infected dozens more, according to a report published by Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration Friday. The investigation revealed missed opportunities and […]

Organic Farmers Seek Successors, Stability After Strong Year

BLOOMINGTON — Organic food growers have seen a boost in demand since the pandemic began. There’s also demand for more people to farm the land. But as more farmers get set to retire, it’s unclear if there will be enough farmers to take their place. Ron Ackerman and his wife Angie grow corn, soybeans, grains […]

Where To Find The Elusive And Delicious Morel Mushroom

Every spring, people scour river bottoms, searching for edible morel mushrooms. For many mushroom hunters, finding the hollow, sponge-like mushrooms is as much a draw as their earthy flavor.  The start of the season Wendy Porter is hunting morel mushrooms with her father near the Missouri River. The 51-year-old Nebraskan has been hunting them for […]

217 Today: April 30, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021 Today’s Headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker has made public a long-awaited investigation into a COVID outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home last fall that killed 36 residents.  A new report from the Illinois Department of Public Health finds Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white […]