Chicago To Join Illinois In Fully Reopening June 11

CHICAGO — Chicago’s mayor has moved up the city’s timetable for reopening to match the rest of the state. Mayor Lori Lightfoot had planned to allow bars, restaurants, hotels and sports stadiums to open to full capacity on July 4. On Thursday, Lightfoot said the city is ready to join the rest of the state […]

United Airlines Sees A Supersonic Future

CHICAGO – United Airlines hopes to bring back supersonic travel before the end of this decade. United said Thursday that it reached a deal with startup aircraft maker Boom Supersonic to buy 15 of Boom’s Overture jets. The planes haven’t been built yet, but Boom says they will fly at 1.7 times the speed of […]

Lawmakers Pass Bills To Close ICE Detention Centers, Enhance Deportation Protections

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers passed bills advanced by the Legislative Latino Caucus that would close the state’s three immigrant detention centers and strengthen existing protections against local and federal law enforcement. The Illinois Way Forward Act, or Senate Bill 667, requires that the existing agreements between local jails in McHenry, Pulaski and Kankakee counties and […]

How Education Has Changed In Illinois Since 2020 Racial Justice Protests

DEKALB — It was Juneteenth 2020 and protests filled the streets in cities through northern Illinois. The DeKalb School Board hosted a special meeting to hear from the community about their experience with race and representation growing up in DeKalb schools. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wnij/audio/2021/05/1YLpmF.mp3 Listen to this story here. A Black recent graduate named Lige Caples talked […]

217 Today: Thursday June 3, 2021

Thursday June 3, 2021 Today’s headlines: Lawmakers left Springfield Tuesday without a final vote on a plan to both prevent the threatened closure of three nuclear power plants or lay down tough standards for clean energy in Illinois moving forward. But Governor JB Pritzker says he believes a deal is imminent. Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood says […]