New Law Requires Public Schools To Teach Asian American History

SPRINGFIELD – All public schools in Illinois will soon be required to teach a unit on Asian American history and culture as part of their social studies curriculum. Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed a bill known as the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History, or TEAACH Act, into law, making Illinois the first state […]

Unprecedented Unemployment Deficit Threatens To ‘Cripple’ Businesses, Claimants

SPRINGFIELD – Since economic shutdowns began and COVID-19 death counts started to rise in March 2020, national unemployment rates have hovered at historically high numbers, stressing state unemployment systems left dealing with an unprecedented number of claims. In Illinois, that’s led to a deficit in the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund – or the pool of […]

Allerton Concert Series Returns With A Few Adjustments

MONTICELLO — Live music is coming back to the University of Illinois’ Allerton Park and Retreat Center outside Monticello for the center’s annual concert series. But this year’s concerts are a little different than the ones guests might have experienced before the COVID-19 pandemic, says Allerton Event Coordinator Ashley Sims.  The series began in 2013, […]

U.S. Rep. Mary Miller Welcomes Marjorie Taylor Greene At Effingham Fundraiser

EFFINGHAM, Ill. – At the U.S. Capitol, Marjorie Taylor Greene told a downstate crowd Thursday night, she and fellow freshman Republican Congresswoman Mary Miller are “not the popular girls.” In February, soon after she and Miller began their first terms in the U.S. House, Greene lost her committee posts. Then last month, Greene received a […]