Illinois Economy Surges In First Quarter

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois economy showed strong signs of recovery during the first quarter of 2021 as businesses continued to reopen from the pandemic and direct government payments flowed to businesses and individual consumers. Data released last week from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis showed the state’s economy grew at an annual rate of 6.4 percent […]

Illinois Sees First Credit Rating Upgrade In Two Decades

On the heels of a pandemic-recession, a major credit ratings agency is upgrading Illinois’ creditworthiness for the first time in two decades. Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday announced it was lifting Illinois’ bond rating from one notch above junk status to two. Illinois still has the lowest credit rating of all states by far, but […]

Champaign Activist Reflects On Pride Month In Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – June 30 marks the end of Pride Month, but that doesn’t mean that activists and LGBTQ+ allies are done celebrating the LGBTQ+ community or reflecting on change that still needs to happen.  Illinois Newsroom student journalist Carolina Garibay spoke with Nicole Frydman of Champaign, one of these activists. This month, she attended several […]

217 Today: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Today’s headlines: The investigation continues into Monday night’s explosion at a residence hall on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. Public health officials say a more contagious variant of the coronavirus is fueling a rise in infections just to our west in Missouri. College athletes throughout Illinois will now be able […]