Pelosi Bars Trump Allies From Jan. 6 Probe; GOP Vows Boycott

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rejecting two Republicans tapped by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. McCarthy denounced the decision Wednesday as “an egregious abuse of power” and said the GOP wouldn’t participate in the investigation if Democrats won’t accept the members he […]

Ex-Superintendent Gets 33 Months For Illinois Embezzlements

URBANA — A former superintendent for two central Illinois school districts has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $343,000 he admitted embezzling over several years from the districts. A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced 48-year-old Daniel Brue, who also faces three years of supervised release following his release from […]

217 Today: Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is calling for stricter ethics measures as the Democratic incumbent mounts his re-election campaign. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth says Congress needs to get the National Guard reimbursed for the half billion dollars it spent responding to the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill. The Urbana Park […]

Animal Activists Encourage Non-Lethal Methods For Controlling Urbana Goose Overpopulation

URBANA- Subdivisions and parks throughout Champaign County have been trying to control the goose population for years– using methods ranging from hazing dogs to culling, or killing, geese. Now, a new goose rights organization named Friends of Geese is recommending non-lethal methods for controlling the population.  Susan Parenti, a Friends of Geese activist, says the […]

What Caring For Bees Teaches Inmates About Life Beyond Prison

CLARINDA, Ia. — On a hot day in July, Darrell, who is serving time at the Clarinda Correctional Facility, pulled a black carrot out of the ground from one of the prison’s three large gardens. He stared at the carrot in amazement and laughed.  “Wow! Look at that,” Darrell said. “Never in life would I […]