‘Fire Pritzker,’ Pelosi Are Rallying Cries At State Fair Republican Day

SPRINGFIELD – Republicans rallied at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday with their eyes firmly set on trying to regain control of Congress and winning back the governor’s office in 2022. Several hundred of the party faithful gathered at the fairgrounds under a hot sun, waving “Fire Pritzker” placards, to eat barbeque and hear messages […]

Gibson City Sets Up Fund For Flood Victims

GIBSON CITY – As Gibson City cleans up from last week’s flash flood, a special fund has been set up to help people pay for the damage.  Businesses, churches and private individuals have set up about two dozen GoFundMe pages seeking donations for people who suffered flood damage during the heavy rains that fell for […]

COVID Booster Shots Are Coming. Here’s What You Need To Know

WASHINGTON — Health officials are preparing to roll out COVID-19 booster shots in the United States this September. According to a plan announced Wednesday, all U.S. adults who received a two-dose vaccine would be eligible for an additional jab of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine eight months from when they got their second one. “These […]

217 Today: Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021 Today’s headlines: Leaders in charge of the Democratic Party of Illinois are preaching party unity even as former House Speaker Mike Madigan’s absence has left fractures. The University of Illinois has hired its first Associate Vice Chancellor for Native Affairs on the Urbana-Champaign campus. University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen […]

‘Fertile Soil For Abuse’: A Reckoning At Covenant Fellowship Church

Editor’s note: This story contains descriptions of sexual assault and abuse. URBANA — On May 2, 2021, a new Instagram account by the name of @letters_from_rahab appeared on the popular social media platform. Initially, the account’s posts, addressed to no one in particular, were general notes about sexual and spiritual abuse, trauma and the lack […]