Massive Energy Bill Becomes Law, Investing Billions Between Renewable, Nuclear Sectors

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker was joined by environmental and social justice activists, union representatives, and lawmakers from both parties Wednesday as he signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul that aims to phase out carbon emissions from the energy sector by 2045 while diversifying the renewable energy workforce. His signature marked a celebratory […]

Production Begins: Rivian Electric Truck First To Market

Rivian has passed a significant milestone with the start of commercial production of its R1T electric pickup trucks. A video was posted online early Tuesday apparently showing the first truck rolling off the line at Rivian’s Normal manufacturing plant, with workers gathered around. RJ Scaringe, founder and CEO of the California-based company, tweeted later Tuesday […]

Lawmakers Question Enforcement Of School Mask Mandates

SPRINGFIELD – Expressing concern that the Illinois State Board of Education might have overstepped its bounds by threatening to withhold funding from school districts that do not enforce its mask mandate, a legislative panel on Tuesday urged the agency to put its policies into formal rules. The unanimous vote by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, […]

217 Today: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 Today’s headines: Southern Illinois reached a new record on Tuesday, with zero available ICU beds in Region 5. Gov. JB Pritzker is lobbying for a federal law protecting abortion access after a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks went into effect this month. While the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign welcomed […]

Paxton-Based Ford County Record To Cease Publication

CHAMPAIGN – One of two local newspapers in central Illinois’ Ford County will close down this fall.  The publisher of the Ford County Record says the weekly paper will cease publication “within the next month or so.” The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette bought the century-and-a-half-old Paxton Record in 2007, eventually renaming it the Ford County Record. When […]