Lawmakers Pass Follow-Up Criminal Justice Bill Addressing Police Concerns

SPRINGFIELD – The General Assembly this week passed legislation addressing lingering concerns from law enforcement about a massive criminal justice reform omnibus passed earlier this year. Introduced by Chicago Democratic Sen. Elgie Sims, an amendment to House Bill 3443 would act as trailer legislation for the SAFE-T Act, a major criminal justice reform backed by the Illinois […]

Deal Reported To Be Near On Energy Overhaul Package

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are staying open for business as they await a possible deal on a sweeping energy proposal that would keep the state’s fleet of nuclear power plants online while providing incentives for development of more wind and solar generation. Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, issued a statement Tuesday saying he had […]

Drag Picnic Offers Safe Space For LGBTQ+ Folks In Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — June is Pride Month, and LGBTQ+ folks and allies in Champaign are ready to kick off the month with a Drag Picnic taking place at West Side Park this Saturday. CJ Brown is the host and organizer of the picnic, as well as one of the drag performers taking the stage this weekend. […]

As Pandemic Weighs On Children’s Mental Health, Some Iowans Struggle To Find Help

DES MOINES, Ia. — Janette Lems said the trouble for her kids really began when they started school last fall. Her 7-year-old daughter struggled with being limited to interacting with just several kids who didn’t include her friends, and her 5-year-old son was displaying a lot of anger and aggression. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/05/se-kids-mental-healthweb.mp3 Listen to this story […]

217 Today: Wednesday June 2, 2021

Wednesday June 2, 2021 Today’s headlines After weeks of negotiating with nuclear giant Exelon, there’s a tentative deal for state subsidies to keep power generators online, but another issue threatened to blow up bargaining over the holiday weekend.  As of this morning, there’s a new place for medical helicopters to land in Champaign County. It will […]