U Of I Professor And Student Create “Illini Anthem”

URBANA – University of Illinois football and basketball fans will hear a new fight song joining the traditional music during the upcoming season. The Illini will be marching to a hip-hop beat. The “Illini Anthem” is a song composed by Lamont Holden, University of Illinois instructor of music production, who is also a music producer, […]

Pritzker Signs Bills Aiming To Address ‘Period Poverty’

SPRINGFIELD – Three new state laws will aim to break down barriers to feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary napkins for those who can’t afford them. Two of the laws make menstrual products available at state colleges and universities and require homeless shelters to stock the products, budget permitting. Another would require the […]

After Months Of Delay, The Census Data For New Voting Maps Is Coming Out Aug. 12

After months of delays, the 2020 census results used to redraw voting districts around the country will finally be released on Aug. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. In a tweet, the federal government’s largest statistical agency confirmed that the detailed demographic data will be posted on its website four days sooner than Aug. 16, the previously […]

City Of Dixon Confirms Rita Crundwell Release

DIXON — The City of Dixon has confirmed that Rita Crundwell was released this week from the Federal Corrections Institution in Pekin, Illinois. On February 14, 2013, a federal judge sentenced Crundwell to 19 years 7 months in federal prison. Crundwell was to serve 85% of this sentence. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons […]

217 Today: Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021 Today’s headlines: Masks will be required in all Illinois schools and childcare facilities effective immediately. Gov. JB Pritzker made that announcement Wednesday. Illinois Republicans running for governor were quick to condemn the governor’s masking order. School districts that were planning to allow some people to go without masks inside their buildings […]

First Electricity, Now Internet: Rural Areas Struggle To Gain Infrastructure

OKEMAH, Okla. — Rural areas are often the last to receive broadband. The lack of broadband is similar to another issue that rural communities faced decades ago — rural electrification.  About 22% of Americans who live in rural areas that lack broadband, compared to 1.5% of those in cities, according to the Federal Communications Commission.  […]