Illinois Man Dies Of Rabies After Apparent Bat Bite

SPRINGFIELD — A northern Illinois man has died of rabies after apparently being bitten by a bat — the first human case of rabies in the state since 1954. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Tuesday in a release that the diagnosis has been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

After 5 Years, Obamas Break Ground On Presidential Center

CHICAGO — Barack and Michelle Obama have broken ground on Chicago’s South Side for the Obama Presidential Center. Tuesday’s event follows years of legal battles, concerns about gentrification and a federal review. Construction officially began last month in Jackson Park along Lake Michigan. Barack Obama says he hopes the center will bring an economic boost […]

Unique Art Project Reminds Drivers to Share Roads with Tractors

On a sunny and warm late summer afternoon, Kelley Quinn of Macomb unveiled her latest piece of art. Her canvas is a vintage 1939 Farmall H tractor. It is largely covered by a mosaic. Quinn believes this work of art is unique. She said she looked it up and could not find any mention of anyone anywhere […]

John Hinckley, Who Shot President Reagan, Wins Unconditional Release

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has approved the unconditional release next year of John Hinckley Jr., who wounded President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a Washington, D.C., hotel in a failed assassination attempt in 1981. Hinckley is now 66 years old and has been living outside a mental health facility for the past several […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 Today’s headlines: A new Illinois law will promote restorative justice approaches to identity-based bullying in schools. Ten inmates at the East Moline State Prison have enrolled in the Augustana Prison Education Partnership. Champaign County Executive Darlene Kloeppel wants the county board to pass new county board district boundaries now that Census […]