Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Masks Indoors And Outdoors, CDC Says

Updated May 13, 2021 at 4:53 PM ET WASHINGTON  — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing, in gatherings large or small. The announcement marks a major milestone in the effort to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in the […]

The Silent Population: Student Parents Face Barriers To Academic Success

CHAMPAIGN — For years, “traditional college students” have been considered 18- to 21-year-old recent high school graduates whose main responsibility is homework. But that narrative has been changing. Listen to this story here. More than one in five college students are student parents, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Nationally, student parents make up 26% of the […]

217 Today: Thursday May 13, 2021

Thursday May 13, 2021 Today’s headlines: One of Illinois’ most influential business associations says the state is facing a severe labor shortage because of enhanced unemployment benefits. Gov. JB Pritzker disagrees. As the state introduces a new tourism campaign, advocacy groups say tourism recovery will help Illinois stay competitive in the national and global economies. […]

Pritzker Won’t Cut Enhanced COVID Unemployment Benefits As Employers Claim Workforce Shortage

SPRINGFIELD — Unemployed Illinoisans will keep receiving an extra $300 in pandemic-enhanced weekly benefits, Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday, even as Republican-led states around the nation move to end those benefits early, claiming they’re disincentivizing working-age people from getting jobs. “Our job here is to make sure we’re creating jobs and helping people to rebuild […]