Thunderstorms Flood Roads In Gibson City

URBANA – A nearly stationary line of heavy thunderstorms brought flooding Thursday to the uppermost part of the Sangamon River Valley in Champaign, Ford and McLean Counties. Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard estimates that six to nine inches of rain fell in those counties, from early Thursday morning into the afternoon.   He blamed the flooding on […]

From Free Pizza To Free Tuition, Colleges Try Everything To Get Students Vaccinated

WASHINGTON — In late July, Jeremiah Monteiro, a rising sophomore at Purdue University, got a surprise visit from his school’s mascot. The black and yellow train, known as the Boilermaker Special, pulled up to Monteiro’s family home in Naperville, Ill., and Purdue officials presented the sophomore with a Willy Wonka-inspired golden ticket worth $9,992, the […]

Democrat David Palmer Seeks To Challenge Rodney Davis For Congressional Seat

CHAMPAIGN — At least one Democrat is throwing his hat in the ring to run for the congressional seat currently held by Republican Rodney Davis, even before he knows exactly what the district will look like. Illinois’ congressional districts have yet to be redrawn after the 2020 U.S. Census. Thirty-nine-year-old David Palmer of Champaign is […]

As Trusted Voices, Farmers Could Be Key To Boosting Rural Vaccination Rates

When he first became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Illinois, Tom Arnold, 68, says he didn’t need any convincing. He raises cattle, hogs and chickens in Elizabeth, a small rural town in the northwest corner of the state. After all, who better to understand why herd immunity matters than a herdsman? “Being a livestock […]

217 Today: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Thursday, August 12, 2021 Today’s headlines: The vast majority of Illinois state legislators say they are vaccinated against COVID-19, but several Republicans would not respond to WBEZ’s survey of all 177 lawmakers asking for their vaccination status. The Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday dealt major consequences to a private Christian school in Elmhurst that’s not […]

State Fair Butter Cow Unveiled

SPRINGFIELD – The final preparation for the opening of the 2021 Illinois State Fair took place Wednesday with the traditional unveiling of the butter cow. This year’s sculpture, which marks the 100th anniversary of the fair’s butter cow, is entitled “Embracing Tradition.” It features a dairy farmer embracing a cow. Hidden within the sculpture are […]