University of Illinois Officer To Be Laid To Rest On Tuesday

URBANA – A University of Illinois Police Lieutenant killed in an off-duty wreck will be laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon. The department says a procession honoring Lt. Aaron Landers will begin at The Vineyard Church of Central Illinois on Lincoln Avenue in Urbana. It is scheduled to start around 12:30 p.m. The procession will […]

Energy Bill Could See A Vote As State Lawmakers Return For Redistricting Session

SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers will return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for what is scheduled as a one-day special session to reconsider the legislative redistricting plan they passed during the spring session. But the General Assembly might also vote on an energy regulatory overhaul bill that has stalled on numerous occasions, including at the end of […]

Governor Sends Ethics Bill Back To Lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD – An ethics bill that was hotly debated during the spring legislative session is headed back to the General Assembly with a request for a technical change, but not the technical change that many Republicans had hoped for. Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday issued an “amendatory veto” of Senate Bill 539, saying he supports the […]

Last Troops Exit Afghanistan, Ending America’s Longest War

WASHINGTON  — The United States has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war and closing a sad two-decade chapter in military history. It’s likely to be remembered for colossal failures, unfulfilled promises, and a frantic final exit that cost the lives of 13 service members, some barely older than the war. The last […]

As Climate Change Ramps Up Heat, Farmers Struggle To Keep Animals Cool

RAYMOND — A pig’s ideal temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. So on a 90-degree day in the middle of July, Phil Borgic keeps a close eye on his herd. “A pig can’t sweat,” he says. “So the only way that it can transfer the heat is by panting.” https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s138/audio/2021/08/livestock-climate-change-hpm-web.mp3 The air is humid and heavy […]

Tens Of Thousands Gather For Illini Football Opener: Few Masks Worn, No Vaccinations Required

An estimated 40,000 football fans, most unmasked, packed Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois Saturday for the first full-capacity game since the start of the pandemic.  Spectators didn’t need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to watch the Illini go head-to-head with the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, said Kent Brown, Illinois’ associate director of athletics. […]

You’ve Made It To Campus! Now What? These Tips Can Help You Navigate College Life

This story is adapted from Life Kit’s weekly newsletter, which arrives in inboxes each Friday. Subscribe here. The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed student life on college campuses. It has been more than a year since universities closed down their classrooms and transitioned to remote learning, but many high school graduates and returning college students […]

217 Today: Monday, August 30, 2021

Monday, August 30, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield this week to revise new legislative maps that Democrats pushed through the General Assembly just a few months ago. Police in many downstate cities stopped Black drivers at much higher rates last year than white motorists. Family members and police are looking for a […]

ISU Grad Student Missing Under ‘Unexplained Suspicious Circumstances’

Authorities are looking for the public’s help locating an Illinois State University graduate student who went missing this week under “unexplained suspicious circumstances.” Jelani Day, 25, was last seen Tuesday morning on a security camera at ISU’s Bone Student Center. He was reported missing Wednesday by his family. His vehicle was found Thursday concealed in […]