IDPH ‘Fully Aligns’ With New Stricter CDC Mask Guidance

SPRINGFIELD – The state will have new COVID-19 guidance on face coverings after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance Tuesday to reflect that even individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear masks while indoors in areas of the country where the virus is surging. CDC officials also recommended all teachers, staff, […]

Bills Expanding Access To Mental Health Care Are Among Several Signed Into Law

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents will soon have greater access to mental health services under measures Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law Friday. Starting Jan. 1, most insurance companies doing business in Illinois will be required to provide their beneficiaries with timely and proximate access to treatment for mental, emotional, nervous or substance abuse disorders. That […]

CDC Is Expected To Change Mask Guidance For Vaccinated People, Including In Schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to revise its guidance on wearing masks later Tuesday. In a reversal of its earlier position, the agency is expected to recommend some fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas where the virus is circulating widely. This move comes as the highly transmissible delta variant […]

‘This Is How I’m Going To Die’: Police Sergeant Recalls The Terror Of Jan. 6

Updated July 27, 2021 at 12:51 PM ET In gripping emotional testimony Tuesday, U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell recounted the “horrific and devastating” violence of Jan. 6 during the first hearing of the select committee investigating the insurrection. “My fellow officers and I were punched, pushed, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants and even […]

217 Today: Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 Today’s headlines: The so-called Delta variant of COVID-19 keeps making inroads in Illinois. The more contagious COVID-19 mutation has propelled positivity rates in some areas of the state to levels not seen since the first half of January. The St. Louis region this week became one of the first places in […]

New Water Source Coming For Residents Hit By Gas Leak

MAHOMET – Relief is in sight for some rural residents of Champaign County, whose well water was contaminated by a natural gas leak. They could eventually be hooked up to a nearby public water system.  Jodi Eisenman is one of these residents. Jodi, her husband Derric and their children live on a farm located between […]

WATCH LIVE: Officers Give Harrowing Testimony Of Defending The Capitol On Jan. 6

Updated July 27, 2021 at 12:08 PM CST The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is holding its first meeting Tuesday. Four police officers are giving testimony about the physical and verbal assaults they faced responding the the riot that day. The four officers — Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell […]