Statue Task Force Considers Adding, Removing State Monuments

SPRINGFIELD — A state House task force continued its discussion about reevaluating controversial statues and whether new monuments commemorating minorities should be added to the state Capitol grounds. The hearing Wednesday is the second meeting of the bipartisan Statue and Monument Review Task Force, which was formed by Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch last month. The […]

State Board of Education Calls For In-Person Learning Next School Year

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday calling on all public schools to return to in-person learning during the upcoming school year. The resolution doesn’t institute any mandates or requirements for Illinois schools to follow, but shows unified support from ISBE for an upcoming decision by State Superintendent Carmen Ayala. In […]

Pritzker Announces 6-Year, $20.7 Billion Road, Bridge Improvement Plan

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday the release of a six-year, $20.7 billion construction plan to improve roads and bridges throughout the state, an annual process which the Illinois Department of Transportation oversees to target infrastructure spending. The Highway Improvement Program, funded through the Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan passed in 2019, will reconstruct nearly […]

Two Dead, Including Champaign Police Officer, After Early Morning Shooting

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign police officer and a city resident have both died after being shot when police responded to a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning. 44-year-old Chris Oberheim was one of two officers that responded to a call for assistance on North Neil Street shortly after 3:00 a.m. Wednesday. Champaign Police say when officers […]

Former Illinois Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood Dies After Cancer Battle

SPRINGFIELD — Corinne Wood’s election in 1998 was historic.  She was the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor in the state’s history.  Wood died Tuesday, just days before she would have turned 67.   Her tenure included a focus on women’s health, including breast cancer.  Wood was first diagnosed in the 1990s.    “This issue […]

Drag Performers Embrace Virtual Shows Amid Pandemic

URBANA – In a small room on the second floor of local drag king Spank Knightly’s house lies a homemade production space.  It includes a green screen, lights clamped onto broomsticks that are taped onto chairs, and a prop he calls a “bleeding canvas” because it turns red when it comes in contact with water. Listen […]

Regional Superintendents Look To Address Illinois Teacher Shortage

SPRINGFIELD – Following a February survey of school districts that illustrated a persistent teacher shortage in the state, the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools has released policy recommendations calling for better benefits and more lenient certification in an effort to reverse the trend. The IARSS, which serves as an intermediary between local school […]

217 Today: Wednesday May 19, 2021

Wednesday May 19, 2021 Today’s headlines: A lawsuit filed by 22 Illinois school districts alleges Gov. JB Pritzker is not doing enough to emphasize spending on education. The ACLU of Illinois says a Black member of the Eastern Illinois University men’s swim team is ending a lawsuit filed against police officers who mistakenly detained him. […]