FOID Bill Strengthening Enforcement For Revoked Cards Will Head To Pritzker

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois house on Wednesday passed a Firearm Owner Identification card law change that would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to retrieve guns from those with suspended or revoked FOID cards and allow for voluntary fingerprinting to expedite renewals. Renewals FOID card applicants would not be required to submit fingerprints, but if they do, […]

People Of Color Are The Least Vaccinated In C-U; Local Organizations Are Trying To Help

Editor’s Note: A prior version of this story incorrectly stated the percentage of Black and Hispanic residents in Champaign County who are fully vaccinated. The correct values are now reported below. CHAMPAIGN- When Dr. Wanda Ward, a University of Illinois employee with SHIELD CU, first heard that COVID-19 vaccines were being rolled out, she says […]

‘Juneteenth’ Becomes Official State Holiday

SPRINGFIELD – The day that marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when some of the last enslaved Americans learned that they had been freed is now an official state holiday in Illinois. At a bill signing ceremony in front of a signed copy of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Gov. JB Pritzker signed House […]

VIDEO: What You Need To Know About Biden’s Meeting With Putin

GENEVA, Switzerland — President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet Wednesday in Geneva. Here’s what you need to know: Putin arrived first, with Biden’s motorcade pulling in to the villa where they are meeting a few minutes later. The closed-door meeting is expected to last four to five hours. Putin will give his own […]

Pandemic Anxiety Looms Large For Some, Even After Getting Vaccinated

ST. LOUIS — For some, being vaccinated against COVID-19 has provided a dizzying sense of freedom after a year of isolation — opening the door to everything from baseball games to haircuts. But not everyone is ready for the transition. As life gradually inches back to normal, many are struggling with anxiety about resuming certain […]

217 Today: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Today’s headlines: Lawmakers headed back to Springfield for a couple of days in order to take a vote on massive legislation that would get Illinois on the path to 100% renewable energy by 2050. But a deal on major energy and climate legislation in Springfield appears to have fallen apart — at […]