Advocates Ask Lawmakers To Slow Down Remap Process

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SPRINGFIELD – Voting rights advocates and minority community members urged Illinois lawmakers on Thursday to take more time in redrawing legislative district maps so the general public can have more time to study whatever new maps will be proposed. “We’re joining other advocates today in asking for more time to provide an efficient analysis of […]

President Biden Tells Kabul Attackers: ‘We Will Hunt You Down And Make You Pay’

Two explosions, one just outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul and another at the nearby Baron Hotel, killed dozens of people Thursday. Among them are 11 U.S. Marines and one Navy corpsman. An Islamic State affiliate says it was behind the attacks, which came less than a day after the U.S. Embassy warned U.S. citizens […]

Watch Live: Biden To Address Nation After 12 U.S. Troops Killed In Kabul Explosions

President Biden is expected to speak Thursday at 4 p.m. CST after twin explosions outside the airport in Kabul left 12 U.S. troops dead. The blasts, one outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport and the second at the nearby Baron Hotel, wounded more than 150 people. At a Pentagon press conference, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said […]

Heat Advisory Continues; Strong Storms Possible Too

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URBANA – Meteorologists say dangerous heat and possibly strong thunderstorms will continue in Central Illinois on Thursday. The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Heat Advisory until 8:00 p.m. It is the third advisory this week.  Forecasters also say there could be strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening,  with the main […]

Pritzker Reinstates Mask Mandate; Requires Vaccines For All Teachers

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday morning announced a reinstated mask mandate for all Illinoisans aged two and over in public indoor settings, no matter their vaccination status, in addition to making Illinois the seventh state in the nation to require teachers get vaccinated against COVID-19. All those on university campuses and health care settings will […]

217 Today: Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021 Today’s headlines: Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to reestablish a statewide mask mandate and announce vaccine mandates for school staff. The head of the Illinois State Police says they’ve made substantial progress in catching up with a backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence. An Illinois state senator discusses the impact of pending […]

Mitigations Put in Place for Upcoming Du Quoin State Fair

Mitigations will be in place to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant during the upcoming Du Quoin State Fair. Illinois officials say per CDC and State Department of Public Health guidance, all fair attendees, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks in public indoor settings and all Grandstand concert […]

Illinois State Police Director On Diversity, Delays And FOID Cards

The Illinois State Police say they’re working to improve diversity at the agency and expand capacity, but this comes after years of criticism over a huge backlog in DNA evidence and the slow processing of firearm licenses. The 21st was joined by Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly to talk about it. GUEST Brendan Kelly Director, Illinois State Police Today, Illinois […]