After Years Of Increased Police Presence, How Has The Pandemic Affected School Discipline?

ROCKFORD — Since the 2014-15 school year, Rockford Public Schools referred students to law enforcement for school discipline matters 2,379 times. The number of police incidents climbed from around 300 per year up to 503 in 2018-19, according to data obtained by WNIJ via a Freedom of Information Act request. Listen to this story […]

State To Pick Overdue Marijuana Dispensary Winners By Aug. 19

SPRINGFIELD – More than a year after new marijuana dispensary licenses were scheduled to be distributed per the state’s 2019 adult-use legalization law, the governor’s office announced the initial lottery and two new ones will happen by the end of August.    The state also announced the award of more than 200 other licenses for […]

Illinois Supreme Court To ‘Triage’ Eviction Cases

SPRINGFIELD – With the state-imposed moratorium on residential evictions set to expire Aug. 1, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a plan Thursday that provides an additional one-month “triage” period for tenants and landlords in certain cases to seek rental assistance. Gov. JB Pritzker first issued an executive order prohibiting residential evictions in March 2020 in […]

Pritzker Signs Ban On Deceptive Interrogation Of Minors, Other Criminal Justice Reforms

SPRINGFIELD – Terrill Swift spent 15 years in prison, convicted of a rape and murder which DNA evidence later proved he did not commit. On Thursday, he appeared alongside lawmakers and criminal justice reform advocates in support of a bill signed by Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker to ban deceptive police interrogation of minors. The measure, […]

217 Today: Friday, July 16, 2021

Friday, July 16, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois will become the first state in the nation to ban police from lying to suspects under 18 during interrogation under a measure signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker Thursday. Researchers at Southern Illinois University are studying the causes of burnout in the nursing profession. Some Illinoisans are […]