Democrats Unveil Legislative Map Proposal, GOP Calls It ‘Gerrymandering 101’

SPRINGFIELD – House and Senate redistricting committees will hold a series of public hearings this week on a proposed new set of legislative maps that Democrats released late Friday, despite the fact that official census data won’t be available until later this year. The Democrats’ decision to release the maps after 7:30 p.m. Friday, combined […]

Senate Republicans Call For Prisoner Review Board Appointees To Testify

SPRINGFIELD – Republican senators on Monday raised concerns about four Prisoner Review Board members who have continued to serve for almost two years despite not being confirmed by the Senate Executive Appointments Committee, a constitutional requirement in the state. In a news conference in Springfield, Republican Sen. Steve McClure, of Springfield, said Gov. JB Pritzker, who […]

217 Today: Monday May 24, 2021

Monday May 21, 2021 Today’s headlines: The fight over how to draw Illinois’ legislative districts for the next ten years is set to reach a fever pitch in Springfield this week. Democrats who control the remap process published their proposed maps Friday night. Fewer rural people are vaccinated than their urban counterparts. That’s according to […]

Spring Festivals Are Back And Helping Small Towns Blossom

ORANGE CITY, Ia. — Boys and men, wearing traditional Dutch outfits of black caps, long button-down shirts, black pants and wooden shoes, throw buckets of water onto the street in downtown Orange City, Iowa. Girls and women wear Dutch bonnets and long dresses or skirts while they push brooms on the water.  https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur2/audio/2021/05/0520TULIPTOURISMweb.mp3 Listen to […]

Rural Areas Lag In Vaccination Rates, CDC Report Shows

COVID-19 vaccination rates are lower in rural counties than in urban counties, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Nationwide, the vaccination rate among adults in urban counties is 45.7%, but only 38.9% of adults are vaccinated in rural counties. The disparity persists among different age groups and genders. […]