Rockton: Industrial Fire At Chemtool Leads To Evacuations

ROCKTON — A massive structure fire at a grease plant in far northern Illinois today forced area employees and residents from their homes. Emergency crews say it could take days to burn off and that the structure is a total loss. The Rockton Fire Department ordered an evacuation for a one mile radius around Chemtool […]

Illinois On Its Way To Allowing Name Changes For Trans People On Marriage Certificates

SPRINGFIELD – Most states don’t allow transgender people to correct their names on marriage certificates, even after going through a legal name change. Legislators and advocates hope to make Illinois the second state to permit marriage certificate name changes. Kato Lindholm said he’s had a fairly good experience as a trans man living in the […]

Schools Bring Therapy Dogs To Focus On Post-COVID Student Mental Health

MORRIS — Boomer wanders the halls at Immaculate Conception School in Morris wearing a red vest that reads “therapy dog in training.” He’s a Great Pyrenees. So even at just a year old, he already clocks in at over 100 pounds and sits nose-to-nose with kindergartners. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wnij/audio/2021/06/0610DogF.mp3 Listen to this story here. Boomer’s owner, school […]

217 Today: Monday June 14, 2021

Monday June 14, 2021 Today’s headlines: In an effort to address the so-called digital divide exacerbated by the pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission is temporarily providing low-income Americans discounted Internet access. A federal judge has stopped debt payoffs for Black and other minority farmers. The police department of the University of Illinois is launching a […]

U Of I Police Department Hiring Social Workers To Handle Mental Health Crisis Calls

URBANA – The University of Illinois Police Department is planning to increase the number of mental health professionals on staff to help officers respond to crisis calls.  Lieutenant Aaron Landers leads UIPD’s community outreach efforts, including the new mental health pilot program, known as Response, Evaluation and Crisis Health, or, REACH. He says the plan […]